Looking to make the event between two veterans the best experience it can be, Mike Tyson and his team recently announced that his fight with Roy Jones Jr. has been moved. Initially set for September 12, the exhibition bout has been changed to November 28. Not everyone appears to be pleased with the move.
Speaking with Daily Mail, Jones (66-9) stated that the new date has been an inconvenience to him. Coming back to boxing since retiring in 2018, Jones has worked on ventures outside of the ring. He currently is working in the music industry, among other things. With plans changing, Jones believes he should be awarded something for the new date.
“For me, it was more about pushing to go ahead and do it, firstly because I’m focused and you need to stay focused,” Jones stated. “I’ve had to cancel other stuff to be out here, it’s upset my calendar, I’ve got to change things.
“That’s why we have to table bulls**t now. That’s the biggest issue, I’m not a full-time boxer anymore so I do other things to make an income. If I can’t do other things then I should be compensated for that, because it changes the schematics. It’s not acceptable.”
The reasoning for the change was a result of Tyson’s (50-6, 2 NC) team looking to maximize revenue with a later date. A bout between the two would be taking place inside the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Airing on PPV via Triller, it will cost $49.99. According to ESPN, international television deals are looking to be formed.
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 is ready to get his legal team involved to get to the bottom of this. If there is a rational reason (in his eyes) for the change in date, Jones may be happy with what he hears.
“We’re trying to figure something out, my lawyers is (sic) talking with their lawyers, trying to figure out ways to make it a better situation so that I can be compensated for it, that is more beneficial for me to do,” Jones went on to say. “If they don’t make it make sense, it (the fight) would be off.
“Why would I change the date and mess up the rest of my year when I agreed to September 12? They said they wanted to get a crowd, if you want to get a crowd, that’s a different type of money. If you want a big event, that’s a different type of money.”
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. “Iron” Mike 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. The now-54-year-old created headlines when he announced his intentions to return to the ring a few months ago.
When it comes to training, Tyson has shown just how committed he is. The same could be said for Jones, who is in peak physical condition. As to whether the delay can help him, anything is possible.
“If everything works out, yes. I don’t know if things… if everything will work out yet,” Jones stated. “But if everything works out then yeah, it probably will help me.”