It looks like boxing fans will be able to keep their hopes up, for now. After there were some initial concerns, the fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson is still on!
Not long ago, the date for Jones’ exhibition fight with Tyson was moved from September 12 to November 28. Jones expressed his frustrations as he wasn’t prepared for the date change. He even threatened to walk away from the fight. According to TMZ Sports, Jones wanted to be treated equally when it came to the business side of the fight. After talking it over, Jones is satisfied with his offer.
Jones would end up releasing a statement on Instagram, stating:
“I said what I said, I meant what I said. Roy ain’t no fool and I ain’t going to be treated like one. But since we’ve gotten stuff together now come November 28, now I get to go act a fool, which is what I want to do anyway. So now they gave me new terms, a new date, and a new chance to act a fool, which is what I love to do anyway.”
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The reason for the fight getting moved was the thought of fans actually being able to attend the event.
Jones won the IBF Middleweight Title in 1993 against Bernard Hopkins. He then moved up in weight to light-heavyweight, where he won the WBA, IBO, WBC, and IBF Light-Heavyweight Titles. “Captain Hook” became the first middleweight champion to win heavyweight gold in 2003, beating John Ruiz via unanimous decision. He ended his career on a four-fight win streak in the cruiserweight division.
Jones and Tyson will be working with the latter’s recently-debuting Legends Only League, focusing on providing a platform for elder stars looking to make a comeback. The fight card will air on PPV and the video streaming platform Triller for $49.99.
The fight between Tyson and Jones will take place inside the Dignity Health Sports Arena in California.