Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson will reportedly take up a $30 million offer to come out of retirement and fight former boxing champion Shannon Briggs under the controversial Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship promotion.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) President David Feldman announced the news on Twitter this morning.
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, 48, has also verbally agreed to fight Tyson.
The boxing great announced he’ll make a comeback to fighting in a series of charity bouts, with Aussie promoters throwing their hat in the ring with a $3 million offer to fight either Sonny Bill Williams, NRL great Paul Gallen or AFL great Barry Hall.
Feldman confirmed his company would guarantee $30 million (US$20m).
“While we did make a guaranteed offer of $20 million for Mike [Tyson] to fight for BKFC, we’re open to many different options as to how we can work together,” he told heavy.com.
“Obviously, the excitement of seeing Mike’s video showing himself training and desire to participate in exhibitions inspired us to reach out and make the offer.”
If Tyson signs on, the offer it would be one of the richest contracts in his career but doesn’t come close to the $US103 million he received for his fight against Lennox Lewis in 2002.
Meantime, Sonny Bill Williams has been given Toronto Wolfpack’s blessing to face Tyson or anyone else in the off-season according to The Sun.
Instead being opposed to the idea the English Super League club is encouraging the star to take up an offer to box during the offseason if it is for real.
The 34-year-old is a former WBA International Heavyweight champion and has won all seven of his fights as a professional.
A source told the publication: “Sonny can fight with the club’s permission during the off-season.
“He hasn’t asked yet but we are following up with his agent to see if it is for real.
“It could be a hell of a fight.”
Williams has confirmed he’s looking at boxing at the end of the season in a bout against Tyson, former league star Paul Gallen or AFL great Barry Hall.