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Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship Confirm Mike Tyson Turned Down Huge Offer

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Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship Confirm Mike Tyson Turned Down Huge Offer

Mike Tyson's return to action might still go ahead but it certainly won't be for the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship, after Iron Mike turned down a huge offer from them.

The former world heavyweight champion got people excited earlier this year when he confirmed he wanted to come out of retirement and return to action in an exhibition fight.

Everyone wants a piece of the Tyson revival and MMA promotion BKFC even offered the 54-year-old an incredible $20 million for his first fight since 2005.

However, as BKFC president David Feldman revealed, the offer was rejected. "We offered Tyson $20million and some additional benefits, but he turned it down," Feldman told Ring Magazine.

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"Who knows what's going to happen with Mike Tyson?

"[His management team] said he was going to fight in July already, but then they said he was going to fight in August.

"So who knows what's going to happen with him."

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Back in May Feldman had been very confident of signing Iron Mike and considered matching him up with former UFC star Wanderlei Silva, "I think I know what we need to do to make this thing happen," the MMA promotion's president said of signing Tyson.

"I think a Wanderlei Silva, someone of that nature. No matter how old Silva gets, he's dangerous, and I think that would be an intriguing matchup. Something like that, but I don't actually have anything in mind right now."

Tyson has been linked with a fight with former rival Evander Holyfield. Image: PA Images
Tyson has been linked with a fight with former rival Evander Holyfield. Image: PA Images

According to one YouTuber's simulation video it's probably a good job the American has decided against bare knuckle boxing for his return.

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One streamer decided to simulate a fight under bare knuckle conditions on Fight Night Champion between the Baddest man on the planet and former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

In the simulated fight Bronze Bomber came out on top, although most boxing fans would probably expect a 'prime Tyson' to beat Wilder.

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As Feldman says no one is sure what exactly Tyson is going to do next with his comeback, but we do know he'll be fighting a shark on television.

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On Discovery channel's infamous Shark Week the former boxer will be taking on 'Jaws' on a programme that will also feature Michael Buffer introducing the two competitors, honestly we've no idea either.

Who would you like to see Tyson make his comeback against? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Instagram

Topics: American boxing, Mike Tyson, Boxing News, MMA News, Boxing, American sports, US Sports, MMA, USA

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