'Iron' Mike in traditional black shorts
The first images of Mike Tyson back in his boxing gear have surfaced as we gear up for the return of one of the most feared fighters of all time. 'Iron' Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr - two of the most highly respected boxers in history - will take to the ring in a special exhibition bout next month, at the Staples Centre in LA.
It will be the first time that 'Iron Mike' has stepped in the ring since his professional career ended with a sixth defeat at the hands of Kevin McBride in 2005.
54 year old Tyson looks to be in incredible shape in these new black and white images of him in the ring, with his gloves and trademark black shorts.
The one that has caught the attention and imagination of fight fans is this one, with SportBible saying:
"You could be forgiven for thinking this image is from 1986, when Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight champion aged 20 years and four months."
Eight, two minute rounds await the pair - who were in fact linked to fight each other in the early 2000's, a fight which never played out .
Attributing his physical shape to a vegan lifestyle, Tyson is now at walk around weight of around 230lbs - and looks absolutely frightening.
"I'm feeling better than I've ever felt in my life. God has been merciful to me man. I'm gonna get on with it, I'm looking good," Tyson said to rapper Lil Wayne on Young Money radio, as per The Mac Life.
"Yo Wayne, I'm 230 right now! Man, I'm just getting ready you know, I'm just getting ready to help some people less fortunate than me. "