Serena Williams and Wimbledon prodigy Coco Gauff each held a one-on-one boxing session with the former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in Boca Raton, Florida, as part of their 2020 pre-season training schedule. Serena Williams rocked the box bag and made Tyson react accordingly on his Twitter account.
The tweet was accompanied by a footage of Serena punching like she was fighting with the Wimbledon trophy on the table. After the experience, Mike Tyson admitted that he wouldn’t want to get in the ring with Serena.
Currently at 38 years old, Serena still aims at her 24th Grand Slam and therefore she considered this out-of-the-common workout a preparation for the upcoming 2020 tennis season.
“Preseason just got really real”, Serena wrote on Instagram.
However, the younger Williams sister was not the only one who learned the basics of boxing from Tyson, an athlete who gathered no less than 44 knock-out victories throughout his career, losing only 6 of his 58 overall professional matches.
And that other student of his was no one else than Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who caught the headlines around the world after defeating Venus Williams this year, in the first round of Wimbledon. Mike Tyson observed Coco’s “courage and tenacity” that boosted her career and transformed her into one of the most promising players from the WTA circuit.
Whether the two American players were there to learn how to box from one of the greatest in the sport, or they just wanted to infuse a little bit of variety in their training regime, they surely had a lot to draw-out from Mike Tyson who started his career with a 37-0 record.