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Mike Tyson to Fight Jaws in Shark Week Special on the Discovery Channel

Ok, sure. Why not?


Former professional boxer and current professional famous person Mike Tyson is starring in a new special that will kick off this year’s Shark Week.

Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef will feature the former heavyweight champion of the world in “the ultimate showdown” against some kind of shark. It will be announced by Michael Buffer, better known as the “Let’s get ready to rumble!” guy.

“I took on this challenger to overcome fears I still deal with in life,” Tyson said in a statement. “I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting back into the ring at 54 years old. I learned from this experience doing Shark Week that whatever intimidates me, I am still able to step up to the challenge of overcoming anything that would prevent me from accomplishing my life’s mission of reaching my highest potential in life and bringing me closer to God.”

Honestly, that sounds like complete gobbledygook in the grand self-promoting tradition of boxing, but it’s a fitting choice given that this event is just as ridiculous.

The Tyson special comes three Shark Weeks after another human vs. shark showdown, in which a team of scientists developed a device to measure the swimming speed of sharks and compared Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’s speed.

As a fighter and not a racer, it’s not exactly clear how Tyson will take on the fish. Discover did say that no sharks were harmed in the production of the special, so you can satisfy your curiosity without guilt.

Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef will air on the Discover Channel on August 9 at 8 p.m. ET.