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Mike Tyson responds to claims he'll fight MMA legend in Saudi Arabia

Matthew Holt

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Mike Tyson responds to claims he'll fight MMA legend in Saudi Arabia

Mike Tyson has debunked claims he is set to return to the ring in a big-money bout with Fedor Emelianenko.

The 57-year-old returned from a 15-year hiatus to fight Roy Jones Jr in November 2020 but has since kept out of the spotlight regarding another potential outing.

Fans however were quickly sent into overdrive once again this week, with a potential fight against MMA legend Emelianenko sparking rumours online.

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Touted to be taking place in boxing's new hot spot in Saudi Arabia, the claims were quickly dismissed by Tyson's team, insisting 'Iron Mike' has no desire to fight the former four-time combat sambo world champion.

"This is false," Tyson's representatives told Sun Sport journalist Chisanga Malata.

"Mr. Tyson has not spoken to anyone in his camp.

"He is not interested in doing a fight with him now or in the future."

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His fight some four years ago with Jones Jr is still considered one of boxing's all-time biggest pay-per-view events, with Tyson constantly talked of despite his age.

Approaching 60, the former world heavyweight champion has not shied away from one more outing but insists everything would once again have to be aligned correctly.

Mike Tyson. (Credit: Getty)
Mike Tyson. (Credit: Getty)

“I could be persuaded," Tyson said of a potential comeback while speaking to TMZ News, before insisting that he 'can't express himself financially'.

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“I don’t know. When I see the money people for the end of the product, my mind works clearer. I can’t express myself right now financially.”

Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis are just two of the names often brought into the picture, with Jake Paul and John Fury also loosely linked in the past with facing off against one of the all-time greats.

The American has also been offered the chance to help Francis Ngannou prepare for his bout with Anthony Joshua, as the two prepare to go toe-to-toe in March.

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing

Matthew Holt
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