Buster Douglas, who pulled off the biggest shock in heavyweight boxing when he knocked out Mike Tyson 30 years ago, admits he ‘would welcome the opportunity’ of a rematch against his old rival at the age of SIXTY
- Buster Douglas’ name has become synonymous with massive sporting upsets
- He defied the odds to beat Mike Tyson by knockout back in 1990 in famous fight
- Having seen Tyson take on Roy Jones Jr, Douglas said he was keen for exhibition
- He ‘still feels pretty good’ and said ‘you always think you’ve got one more in you’
Buster Douglas’ name has become synonymous with gigantic sporting upsets since his remarkable KO win over Mike Tyson 30 years ago.
And now he wants to step into the ring with ‘Iron Mike’ once more at the age of 60, having seen the exhibition between his old foe and Roy Jones Jr.
Tyson, 54, is looking for his next opponent having drawn with RJJ on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Buster Douglas is now 60 but is still keen for a rematch against Tyson in an exhibition
30 years ago, Tyson was a 42-1 favourite but found himself knocked out by Douglas
Douglas could fit the bill for him, although at 60, it would seem even more unsavoury to some viewers.
The American told USA Today: ‘Sure, I would welcome the opportunity. Being a prizefighter all those years and still feeling pretty good today, you always feel you got one more fight in you.’
Douglas was a 42-1 underdog against Tyson when he shocked the world the first time around. Tyson was undefeated at 37-0 with 33 knockouts.
A huge number of fans wanted to see a rematch between both fighters when they were in their prime but it never materialised.
Mike Tyson (right) fought to a draw against Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition on Saturday
Douglas said: ‘I’ve been asked about it in casual conversation. They always ask, “Why didn’t you guys have a rematch?’“It was just never presented really, as far as a rematch. It was often mentioned. That’s about it.
And offering his verdict on Saturday’s exhibition, he added: ‘It was pretty competitive.
‘It was a couple of guys that were past their prime but put a good effort in there. Entertaining.’
Tyson is adamant that he will keep fighting regularly to stay in shape. He recently said: ‘I had 15 fights in one year. Let’s just try to work closer to that. It has to be competitive where it’s constant, nobody can get out of shape because everyone’s fighting. It would be consistent.
Tyson has spoken about his desire to get back in the ring regularly despite being 54
‘I would like to have (a fight) once every two months, my personal opinion. I’d like to fight every two months.’
‘It’s become my lifestyle now. I’m never going to be that guy, “Fat Mike” and stuff, “Cokehead Mike”. I ain’t going to be that guy no more.’
It remains to be seen if Douglas has been keeping in shape or would have to have a full fight camp to prepare, should a long-awaited rematch be given the green light.