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Mike Tyson’s New Trainer Explains Terrifying Experience Of Working The Pads In Viral Training Clip

Mike Tyson’s New Trainer Explains Terrifying Experience Of Working The Pads In Viral Training Clip

Mike Tyson's new trainer has revealed that he "saw my life [flash before my eyes]" when he held the pads for the boxing legend.

And Rafael Cordeiro, 46, admitted that he was surprised with how Tyson had the "same speed, same power as guys 21, 22 years old."

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The Brazilian MMA legend told ESPN's Ariel Helwani: "I didn't know what to expect.

"He hasn't hit mitts for almost 10 years. So I didn't expect to see what I saw.

"I saw a guy with the same speed, same power as guys 21, 22 years old."

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Tyson's trainer opened up about the terrifying moment when the former undisputed heavyweight champ threw a right hook at him in training.

"The first time, I saw his right hook coming... I saw my life [flash before my eyes]," Cordeiro said.

"I saw my wife, my daughters, my dog."

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'Iron' Mike hasn't fought in professional boxing since he retired in 2005 after back-to-back defeats to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride.

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However, Cordeiro has suggested that Tyson has been committed to his boxing training and he has been working with him for "three weeks in a row, cardio, mitts, bags."

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The 46-year-old continued: "Like I said before, 53 years old but when he puts his mind to it, his body inside the ring -- he changes."

Cordeiro, who is best known for his work in MMA, has teased that more footage of Tyson training will be released and it shows "more power, more speed, everything."

His trainer added that the ex-boxing superstar has come a long way in his life by managing to beat his demons and transform into a 'Mike Tyson he can be proud of.'

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Cordeiro explained: "I believe Mike fought against himself for a long, long time. He's proud to be the Mike Tyson he is today."

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Undefeated MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and Hollywood superstar Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson were also stunned by the power and speed that Tyson showcased in the footage.

Oscar De La Hoya recently weighed in on a potential Tyson comeback and claimed that he could KO any top heavyweight star if he trained for 12 rounds.

Featured Image Credit: PA/ESPN/Mike Tyson

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Baddest Man on the Planet, Boxing, Iron Mike

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