British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has urged Mike Tyson to reconsider his plans to return to the sport later this year, expressing concern that the 53-year-old could be killed in the ring.
Tyson is regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing.
He became the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF belts and later became the lineal champion.
Tyson retired from boxing after losing his last fight, to Kevin McBride in 2005, but revealed last month that he is in training for a four-round exhibition charity bout.
The former champion said he wants to fight again to “make some money to help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****** like me”.
But Whyte, 32, has urged Tyson to reconsider.
He told talkSPORT: “It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man?
“It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio and I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it.