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Twenty-two years after getting knocked out by Mike Tyson, Julius Francis is open to a shot at redemption.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, the 57-year-old former pugilist expressed curiosity in probably returning to boxing:
“If there’s a promoter that is keen to advertise a sanctioned struggle, and I by no means have preferred speaking about cash, however [if] they might give you an honest supply, then who is aware of,” Francis mentioned.
Particularly, Francis wish to combine it up with Tyson, saying: “I will put it on the market. I will say, ‘Sure. Sure, we are able to have a rematch.’ I do not know if anyone will watch it, however I will say, ‘Sure.'”
Sixteen years after his final skilled struggle, Francis is again within the information due to a viral video of him knocking somebody out with one punch whereas working safety outdoors Boxpark Wembley in London this month (warning: profanity):
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Francis advised TMZ Sports activities that whereas the optimistic response to his actions has made him really feel “vindicated,” he misplaced his safety license on account of the punch.
The London native fought professionally from 1993 to 2006, notching a document of 23-24-1 with 12 wins by means of knockout.
Francis received simply two fights following the 2000 loss to Tyson in Manchester, England, and he went on to lose the ultimate 14 fights of his profession.
The 55-year-old Tyson, who was broadly thought to be one of many biggest heavyweights of all time in his prime, has not had a professional struggle since 2005.
Throughout his illustrious profession, Iron Mike went 50-6 with two no contests and received 44 of his fights by knockout.
He held the WBC, WBA, IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles and received the primary 37 fights of his profession in dominant trend earlier than a surprising loss to Buster Douglas in 1990.
Tyson did step again within the ring in 2020, collaborating in an exhibition struggle in opposition to fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. The eight-round bout went the space and was dominated a draw, though many got here away impressed by Tyson’s efficiency.
It’s unclear if Francis is a sufficiently big identify to entice Tyson to struggle another time, however given the one-punch knockout skill Francis clearly nonetheless possesses, it could maybe be an entertaining bout.