UFC president Dana White does not want to see Mike Tyson back in the ring – even if it is in an exhibition fight.
The former undisputed world heavyweight champion is keen on a comeback at the age of 53 and has wowed fans in the short clips he has posted on Instagram.
On Sunday, Tyson further teased a return by saying ‘I’m back’ in a training video of him boxing on Instagram.
But White is concerned for the wellbeing of Tyson, who retired from boxing in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBride.
He told the Tim and Sid podcast: “I love Mike Tyson, I’m begging him not to go fight.
“I said, ‘you look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats’.
‘But Mike, you’re 53, please don’t do it, please. Bottom line is I don’t want Mike to fight.
“If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”
There have been rumours of Tyson facing former rival Evander Holyfield, 57, for a third time.
Tyson suffered back-to-back defeats to Holyfield in 1996 and 1997 and notoriously BIT his opponent’s ear in the second fight.
Iron Mike has also been called out by Tyson Fury’s father, John, who declared he is willing to die in the ring and had an offer from Danny Williams to fight again.
Last month, Tyson revealed his desire to return to boxing.
He said: “I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts.
“I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.
“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.
“Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf***er like me.”