This year has been unlike any that we have experienced in our lifetimes – living through a pandemic, surviving murder hornets, no March Madness, NHL in the summer and even Mike Tyson moving around a boxing ring once again.
The Baddest Man on The Planet was seen hitting pads in early May with Kings MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro, exciting many fight fans who remembered Tyson’s glory days of the 1980s and ’90s. Iron Mike furthered that excitement with his return to the great sport against Roy Jones Jr. in late November in an exhibition that ended in a draw.
Now, there are talks about a legends league – not to be confused with popular esports game League of Legends – with older boxers competing in exhibition bouts.
Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on who Mike Tyson will fight next and the trilogy with Evander Holyfield is the favorite at -150, followed by Lennox Lewis at +300, Riddick Bowe at +600, Wladimir Klitschko at +1000 and Daniel Cormier at +1400 to round out the top five on the Mike Tyson next opponent odds list.
Mike Tyson Next Opponent Odds
Odds as of December 7 at Bovada
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Mike Tyson Betting Odds History
A quick scan of Mike Tyson’s betting history and you will see that the lone time he was an underdog since he beat Larry Holmes came in his 2002 bout with Lennox Lewis. Surprisingly, he did open as a slight -105 underdog for his bout with Roy Jones Jr., though the betting community wasted no time buying him up to a -225 favorite, which is slightly shorter than his next-longest odds (-200) for his infamous second fight with Evander Holyfield.
If you’re too young to appreciate Mike Tyson, don’t feel bad – he hasn’t boxed professionally since 2005. The stories you may have heard of him are true, though. He brings with him a record of 50-6 with 44 of those wins coming by knockout, five by decision and one by disqualification.
Among his six losses, five were knockouts and the sixth is of course the biting incident disqualification. He also had two no contests.
Mike Tyson Method Of Victory History
Tyson didn’t get paid by the hour when he was in the ring. He was paid for the event and that showed in how little time he required to put his opponents away. As seen above, only five of his 56 pro fights went the distance, with two of those being non-title fights of 10 rounds as opposed to 12. Furthermore, only 16 of his fights reached the fifth round and he had 23 first-round knockouts!
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Mike Tyson Round Betting History
|Rounds||Number of Times||Record|
|1-3||37||34-1 (2 no contests)|
Mike Tyson Odds & Results History
|Draw||Roy Jones Jr. (Exhibition)||-225||Draw||8||3:00|
|Win||Buster Mathis Jr.||-2500||KO||3||2:32|
Is Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 3 On The Horizon?
I will admit that when Tyson’s fight with Jones was announced, I was skeptical and worried about a 54-year-old man returning to the ring for the first time in 15 years who had publicly said previously on Joe Rogan’s podcast that he didn’t want to box again. That said, he looked fairly good in that fight and although he didn’t go at 100 percent, he was in shape, he still had power and he kept his mind about him to not knock out Jones as he probably could have.
When it comes to Holyfield, he is four years Tyson’s senior and hasn’t competed since 2011. The rivalry between these two men is well known and the last time they boxed, Iron Mike lost his temper and bit Holyfield’s ear.
However, since then, the two have buried the hatchet and Holyfield even appeared on Tyson’s podcast Hot Boxing. “The Real Deal” has expressed his interest in the trilogy with Tyson and has been active on social media in his preparation for a potential return to the boxing ring.
True power comes from within. What we seek, we already have. #TEAMHOLYFIELD pic.twitter.com/PngD6M6vUb
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) November 30, 2020
Tyson himself has said he wants to box again and Holyfield wants Tyson. I think it’s a no-brainer that these two will hook up again and the value of -150 for Evander to be Iron Mike’s next opponent appears to be a slam dunk – no slight on Nate Robinson.