Mike Tyson has given fans a first-hand view of his awesome power and speed ahead of his latest much-touted comeback.
The ex-heavyweight champion, 53, gave a nod to his Chinese fans on the social media platform Weibo – and even compared himself to former dictator, Chairman Mao.
Declaring that he will fight with the “spirit” of the country’s former communist leader, he stated: “Hey I’m Mike Tyson, I’m on Weibo now.
“I’ll let you know, there’s a possibility I might come back, but if I do I’m going to fight with the spirit of Mao.”
Tyson then flexed his arm before unleashing a devastating barrage of punches in front of the camera.
Weibo users were quick to comment on the boxer’s clip, which has received over 1.4 million views, with Xibeiqu Keke writing: “‘I’ll fight with the spirit of Mao.’ Mike Tyson has a portrait of Chairman Mao on his right shoulder.”
One fan wrote: “I’ll call Donnie Yen for you.”
Baishui said: “He may have gained a few years, but he looks a lot kinder than before.”
Liu Zhuang added: “Forever boxing king. Idol.”
The ring legend’s pugnacious display was cut short when a fluffy white dog jumped up at him next to a swimming pool and he burst into a smile before asking the person recording how the clip looked.
Tyson now has 1.4 million followers on the platform which he was previously a member of until his account was deleted in 2013.
His profile picture on the platform features a cartoon version of his face with an ear in his mouth, a reference to him biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their infamous 1997 rematch.
And their famous bout could be the subject of an exhibition rematch if the pair can agree to step into the ring once more.
But Shannon Briggs is expected to be Tyson’s next opponent after claiming they had come to an agreement on a contest.