Mike Tyson has announced his return to boxing with an eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr to be held on September 12 in LA. Tyson confirmed the match on his website for the League of Legends.
In a video call, Tyson told ESPN that this would be a competitive bout, with both fighters being required to wear headgear under California rules.
He said: “We’re both accomplished fighters, we know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright, we’re showing our skills and fighting. It’s 100 percent of it looking to be Mike Tyson in the ring, I’ve got one speed — forward.”
Tyson said he’s eager to demonstrate older athletes still being able to compete at the highest level. “It’s because I can do it and I believe other people believe they can do it. We aren’t washed up. Somebody says over-age is washed up but they have a bigger fan base than the guys who are training now,” he said.
The former ‘baddest man on the planet’ finished with a 50-6 career record and 44 victories by TKO. Roy Jones Jr. has 47 knockout victories and is 66-9.
Tyson who has recently lit up the internet with training videos, became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when, at 20 years and four months of age, he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 to win the WBC title. Despite a 37-0 record, he dominated the division, ahead of a shocking 10th-round defeat to James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo in 1990.
Jones has been spending time as a commentator lately, last going into the ring in 2018 and beating Scott Sigmon for the vacant title of WBU Cruiserweight.
Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr.
Mike Tyson -170
Roy Jones Jr. +130
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 23, 2020