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Bellator fighter Sergei Kharitonov has sensationally accused Mike Tyson of taking steroids to get into his current shape, claiming the former heavyweight champion is "juiced up".
Last month, Tyson, 53, announced his intentions to take part in three or four round exhibition fights.
The former heavyweight champion has since posted impressive training footage ahead of a highly-anticipated comeback, with rumours of a rematch against Evander Holyfield heavily reported.
In fact, it is believed the pair are currently in talks over a sensational clash in November, with the action going down in the Middle East.
We have a date and location set for the trilogy! :flushed: https://t.co/UnxeRcUBee- SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 2, 2020
But someone who isn't convinced by Tyson's triumphant comeback is Kharitonov, who claims 'Iron Mike' is "juiced up" ahead of his boxing return.
"He's juiced up, but it's fine. There won't be any doping-control," Kharitonov said via RT.
"He's taken testosterone, and some kind of health products. There's no resentment towards Tyson here for that. He's 53 years old. How else could he have got into more or less top shape? Only on steroids, there's no other option."
The Russian heavyweight, who holds an MMA record of 30-7, went on to speak about his personal experience of taking performing enchancing drugs during his time in the army.
"Have I ever taken supplements? In the army yes. When everybody tried all different tablets," he added.
"In my third or fourth year, when everybody weight trained, my friends brought nandrolone. I injected myself, to look good, to have a good body. I remember my muscles were like rocks.
"I looked in the mirror and realized it wasn't for me. I stopped dabbling in that and don't intend to. First, it's bad for you. Secondly it's illegal [in sport]."
Last month, Kharitonov surprised his followers after claiming to have received an offer to fight Mike Tyson from Russian boxing promoter Vladimir Khryunov.
In a post on his official Instagram account, the 39-year-old spoke in more detail about the offer.
"This morning I got a call from Vladimir Khryunov, who offered me a boxing match with the legendary boxer Mike Tyson. I never dreamed of facing Tyson. In my childhood I was a fan of his and he was my idol," he said.
"I think that if we fight in the rules of boxing, then we will give a great fight, show great technique and gather many fans of boxing and the sprt will be even more popular in our country.
"Therefore I accept the call. Only forward! I will show you my signature move, which I will try to repeat in the fight,"
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