Mike Tyson is poised to make his Bollywood debut in LIGER’s forthcoming sports action film, which also stars Vijay Deverakonda as a stuttering kickboxer. The 55-year-old has previously appeared in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Hangover and Ip Man 3 and made his acting debut in 1987 as a guest actor on Webster’s television show. Karan Johar, the producer, broke the news in a tweet on Monday, and the former world heavyweight champion has yet to respond on his own social media account.
“For the first time in history, the king of the ring will be shown on the huge screens of Indian cinema,” Johar wrote. “Welcome to the Liger squad, Mike Tyson!”
Tyson was upfront about his desire to schedule a second event after returning to the ring with an exhibition battle against Roy Jones Jr. late last year. He has ties to Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, among others.
Tyson’s most recent post came in response to Anthony Joshua’s Saturday night loss to Oleksandr Usyk, during which the Ukrainian won the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight championships.
“I want Holyfield and Lennox Lewis this year,” he stated on his Hotboxin podcast in April, referring to his comeback to the ring.
“I want all of them, and I think I can get them both this year… unless I do a Tyson Fury show.” Even if I can get those two people, I’ll call it a day and go about my business if I can achieve that.
“And that’s just in terms of exhibits.” With exhibits, I’m going to smash all of my records.
Since then, Holyfield has been brutally defeated by former UFC star Vitor Belfort, but he has stated that he would return to the ring shortly.
“Of course I would,” he responded when asked if he wanted to fight Tyson.
In addition, he made the following remarks on his unsuccessful comeback: “The fact is, there wasn’t a single shot that caused me significant pain. He was a powerful opponent, and his shot knocked me off my feet. He then proceeded to conclude the program. No, I’m not in any pain.”