Mike Tyson’s trainer ‘saw his life flash before his eyes’ after he showed off frightening speed at 53 in training clip – The Sun

MIKE TYSON is punching like a man 30 years his junior and the 53-year-old could return to the ring inside six months.

The Baddest Man on the Planet has been back in training for three weeks, doing daily cardio sessions and boxing work-outs at his California home with MMA mastermind Rafael Cordeiro.

The ex-heavyweight champ has got down to around 16st 6lbs after revealing he is interested in a boxing comeback to make money for charity.

And Cordeiro, head coach at Kings MMA in California, believes he would only need another five months to be ready for a genuine pay-per-view fight comeback.

The training ace, who co-starred in the recent training clip that went viral, told ESPN: “Mike had not hit mitts for 10 years but as soon as we started I thought ‘oh lord!’

“I did not expect to see what I saw and that was a guy the same speed and power as a 23-year-old.

“If he sparred again he would need good guys because if you are not prepared for him then you are going to drop for sure.

“I do not know if he wants to fight again but he will be able to do whatever he wants.

“I am 46-years-old and I can tell he could fight against anyone. If he wanted to come back he could do boxing or MMA, he can use the same mindset for any sport or combat, the spirit is there.

“He would only need six months to come back and box anyone. These were our first mitts sessions, imagine after six months.”

Cordeiro has trained some of the dangerous combat athletes in the history of MMA but admitted Iron Mike made him fear for his life.

He said: “In the beginning, during the first round, I was nervous for sure.

“I like to hold the mitts close to my face and, when he first threw that right hook, I saw my life flash before my eyes.

"I saw my wife, my daughters and my dog. It was just fear.

“Now he pushes me and pressures me with every combination we do, he trains the same way he used to fight.”

Tyson’s rollercoaster boxing career ended in 2005 after consecutive defeats to Englishman Danny Williams, in Manchester, and Kevin McBride.

The three year prison sentence he served between 1992-1995 and the mental health problems and drug addictions he battled during his career caught up with him heavily.

But recent clips show a happier and healthy man who still looks capable of sensational things inside the ring and fans need to watch out for more incredible training videos of the veteran.

Cordeiro said: “There is another brilliant clip to come that shows even more power and speed, it’s even better than the one you have all seen.

“I have worked with a lot of champions but Mike is at a different level, his mindset is something different.

“Even as I was just wrapping his hands I could see his mindset and posture change, he went back to his old days and when he started to hit the mitts, I felt his crazy power.”

When the footage emerged, many high profile names including Donald Trump and The Rock took notice.

WWE legend turned Hollywood superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson commented: "My brother you got me ready to run thru a MF wall now. To the gym I go".

While UFC lightweight champ Khabib added: "Can’t believe, this is another level."

And US president Trump – who you would think would be occupied by other things at the moment – also got in on the act.

He enthusiastically tweeted from Washington DC: "Keep punching Mike!"

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