MIKE TYSON can "knock out any heavyweight" even at 53, Oscar De La Hoya has claimed after watching amazing pads video.
The former world heavyweight is gearing up for a sensational return amid plans to compete in exhibition bouts for charity later this year.
Iron Mike proved he has been keeping the tools sharp after posting a video on his Instagram, unleashing furious power during a pad work session.
Tyson is said to have reduced grown men to tears while sparring – even if they were wearing a head guard and body armour, revealed former heavyweight Joe Egan.
The 53-year-old's unbelievable speed has certainly turned heads, with fans chomping at the bit for the reformed Baddest Man on the Planet to step back into the ring.
His clip has even caught the eyes of former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, who left a bold comment on the sensational video.
The Golden Boy of boxing reckons the veteran heavyweight could give the young bucks a run for their money today.
He said: "I’m sure that if he trains for 12 rounds, right now he’ll knock out any heavyweight."
Tyson's former trainer has also claimed that Iron Mike would still KO fellow American Deontay Wilder inside a minute if he trained for six weeks.
Tyson made his mark after smashing Trevor Berbick in 1986 to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history aged 20.
He last stepped inside the ring back in June 2005 where he was stopped by Kevin McBride in what proved to be the final bout of his professional career.
But the iconic puncher hasn't hung up his gloves for good just yet.
Despite being in his fifties, the American has claimed he is in the best shape of his life and is undergoing gruelling training sessions everyday as he nears his sensational return.
Speaking on an Instagram Live with rapper T.I. he said: "I've been hitting the mitts for the last week.
"That's been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts.
"I've been working out, I've been trying to get in the ring, I think I'm going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.
"I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.
"I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps.
"Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.
"I'm start to put those combinations together. I'm in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me."
Tyson suffered a shock 1990 defeat to James Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan – then claimed it was because he had too much sex.
The ring legend spent three years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992, before returning to the ring in 1995.
He recently revealed that he knew he had hit rock bottom after attacking seven prostitutes while high on cocaine with a morphine drip in his arm.
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