Ricky Hatton pleads with boxing to 'save Mike Tyson from himself'

‘We’ve got to save Tyson from himself’: Ricky Hatton pleads with boxing authorities to step in and stop Iron Mike from making return to the ring at 54 as he admits ‘I don’t want to see any of my heroes get hurt’

  • Mike Tyson has been eyeing a spectacular return to boxing at the age of 54
  • But Ricky Hatton has pleaded for caution despite Tyson’s incredible efforts
  • Iron Mike has shed almost five stone after returning to training this year
  • The Hitman was speaking exclusively to The Gary Newbon Sports Show 

Ricky Hatton has pleaded with the boxing authorities to save Mike Tyson ‘from himself’ as the recently-turned 54-year-old plots a comeback to the ring.

Iron Mike has been talking up a return to the sport for the first time since 2005 and has been hard at work in training sessions throughout the lockdown period.

But the Hitman believes that, despite Tyson’s impressive efforts at getting back into shape, he should not be anywhere near a return to boxing having just turned 54 last week.

Ricky Hatton has urged Mike Tyson not to make a stunning return to the boxing ring

Tyson has been hard at work in training as he plots an incredible comeback to the sport

Speaking on this week’s Gary Newbon’s Sports Show, he said: ‘I’ve met Tyson on many occasions and we all know the history with Tyson but it’s inspiring, like Tyson Fury, to see where he has come from to where he is today. He has come on tenfold.’

But he then preached caution over an incredible comeback after 15 years in retirement. 

‘I hope he’s taking the micky with his talks about making a comeback’, he continued.

‘For his age he looks fantastic in that gym – but he’s still 50-plus and I don’t want to see any of my heroes get hurt.

The 54-year-old former heavyweight has been hitting the pads in the gym over recent months

Tyson seemed to be in top condition in his latest training video ahead of his mooted return

‘I hope I’m in the same shape as Tyson when I’m 53 but we’ve got to save Tyson from himself, or the boxing authorities have got to save him from himself. 

‘We can’t let Mike fight at 53, no matter how fantastic a shape he’s in.

‘Let’s calm it down Mike, you know?!’

The former world heavyweight champion this week revealed he has lost nearly five stone (69lbs) since his high-profile return to training.

He said: ‘We’ve just been training, boxing, and it feels great man.

‘I come from 289lbs to 220lbs and I feel good.’

The Gary Newbon Sports Show, with @Punching.TV and in association with MailOnline Sport, will be streamed live every Thursday #GNSS

The full interview is available here from Thursday 

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