Recent undisputed champion of heavyweight, Mike Tyson is making a return for Roy Jones Jr.
Tyson, 54, will fight Roy Jones Jr. on Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, in an eight-round exhibition. The fight would be broadcast on both the Triller pay-per – view and digital website. Triller will also be screening a 10-part docuseries leading up to the bout as per a media release.
Tyson (50-6) has been creating a buzz on social media in the last few months as he shared self-training videos. He fought last 15 years ago, when Tyson was stopped in six rounds by Kevin McBride.
Tyson explained his rationale for a return to the ring in an interview on ESPN’s First Take Thursday.
“It’s because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too,” Tyson said. “Just because we are 54, it doesn’t mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I’m sure that other people feel the same way.
“I never took that many punches. After the last fight I had, I left and I lived my life, and I’ve been through some experiences, and now I’m back here. I feel like I took better care of my body and my state of mind than most of the fighters before me that retired and came back.”
During his height, Jones (66-9) was deemed the most brilliant fighter in action, winning middleweight titles, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight championships. He had a magnificent mixture of speed, technique and intellect on the ring.
Jones, 51, shared interest in a potential confrontation with Tyson last month.
“I’ve been trying to enjoy retirement, but people don’t seem to want to let me retire,” Jones said. “They keep calling me, telling me that Mike wants to come back, and that you’d be a great opponent for Mike.
“We always wanted to see it, but I would’ve preferred it back then. Tyson is a hell of a specimen still. Still a problem to deal with. But at the same time, life is life, you only live once. You want to know what it’s like, you go in there and see. You still gotta see it.”
“Iron Mike” was already considered one of the world’s fiercest fighters. Having defeated Trevor Berbick in two rounds in November 1986, he became the youngest heavyweight champion in history (at 20 years and four months).
Tyson then impunityfully dominated the division, making nine good defenses and cohesive the division before Buster Douglas upset himself in February 1990.
Tyson returned to boxing in 1995, after serving three years in prison for a rape conviction, and then in 1996 won the WBC and WBA heavyweight championships. Tyson’s last real major fight came in the summer of 2002, when Lennox Lewis stopped him in eight rounds.
As for Roy Jones Jr, his career has deteriorated after Antonio Tarver kicked him out in 2004. This began a three-point losing streak and a man once labeled untouchable became more vulnerable to being knocked out.
Roy Jones Jr. last fought in a professional fight in February 2018, when he beat by decision Scott Sigmon. In 2015, Jones was knocked out in four rounds in Moscow by the last identifiable name on his roster, Enzo Maccarinelli;
When asked about the danger he and Jones face battling at their respective ages, Tyson did not seem too worried.
“We’re both accomplished fighters, we know how to take care of ourselves,” he said. “It’s an eight-round exhibition. And, listen, we’ll be all right. Trust me, we can take care of ourselves.”
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, the California State Athletic Commission’s executive director, Andy Foster, said he understood there would not be headgear but that the boxers should wear 12-ounce gloves.
The Athletic announced on Thursday afternoon that former NBA player Nate Robinson and YouTube celebrity Jake Paul had agreed to fight on the Tyson-Jones undercard.
It will be his first boxing match for Robinson, a 3-time NBA slam dunk winner. Paul has fought twice, most recently notching back in January a first-round technical knockout of fellow YouTube personality AnEsonGib (known as Gib)
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