How Did The Upcoming Mike Tyson Vs. Roy Jones Jr. Fight Come Together?
Proving he was serious when it came to a return, Mike Tyson finally gave away plans for his comeback fight. The former heavyweight champion announced that he will be facing Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout in September.
After months of fighters offering their services to face him, it appears that a Jones fight was planned for a while. The two even signed a contract a few days before the announcement was made. How exactly did we get to this point? Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) spoke to TMZ Sports regarding the process of facing another former champion in Jones (66-9).
“My brother in law said, ‘Hey listen, I know you don’t want to fight, but would you fight Bob Sapp? Somebody wants to offer you a lot of money to fight Bob Sapp.’ I said, ‘Get out of here, I told you I don’t want to fight anymore.’ And then I thought about it in my mind and went ‘ding’, what rules do they want to fight me under? Will they fight me under the marquess of Queensberry? They said yes, and I said I’ll fight him… For some reason it went from Bob Sapp to somebody else, to this guy, next thing I know, September 12 is Roy Jones,” Tyson said. “I don’t know how this happened, I’m just very grateful that I’m not living the life that I was living before. Allah has blessed me to be able to do this.”
Tyson will be working with his recently-debuting Legends Only League, focusing on providing a platform for elder stars looking to make a comeback. The fight will air on PPV and the video streaming platform Triller. Both fighters will be competing for charities, and it appears it will be a full exhibition bout; large gloves and eight rounds.
“It’s going to be for various charities,” Tyson went on to say. “Nobody has to ever worry about me getting rich, or being jealous, saying I’m doing this for money. I’m not getting anything, I just feel good doing this because I can.”
Tyson made his professional debut in 1985 and quickly rose up the ranks in the boxing world. He ended up knocking out Trevor Berbick in the second round of their fight in 1986 to win the WBC Heavyweight Title. He became the youngest world heavyweight champion of all time at 20. His last fight as a pro was a loss at the hands of Kevin McBride in 2005.
Making his professional debut in 1989, Jones (66-9) 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 in 2018.
When it comes to staying in shape, Tyson was able to lose a lot of weight thanks to exercising and stem cell treatment. While Jones is closer to fight shape as a result of retiring not long ago, Tyson is confident he is ready.
“I’m in good shape, great shape,” Tyson stated. “But I’m going to get in better condition. I just did my four miles today, and I’m going to do my sprints later, and then I’m going to the boxing gym.”
The fight between Tyson and Jones will take place inside the Dignity Health Sports Arena in California.