It appears that the highly-anticipated fight between two former champions will have to be put to the side, for now.
According to The Ring and The Athletic, the September 12 fight night featuring Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr. has been postponed. The event will now be looking to take place on November 28. The Ring went on to say that the reasoning for this was a result of Tyson’s team looking to maximize revenue with a later date. American sports have been looking into ways to have fans inside arenas the past few months.
The bout between the two is still hoping to take place inside the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. It would still be an eight-round exhibition bout for charity. Airing on PPV via Triller, it will cost $49.99. According to ESPN, international television deals are looking to be formed.
Triller, known for music and short videos (almost like TikTok), will be diving into the sports scene. The company reportedly paid (via CNBC) about $50 million for exclusive streaming rights for the exhibition. It will also create a ten-part docuseries leading up to fight night.
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) 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.
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 the fight between the two, the California Athletic Commission has raised concerns regarding headgear, drug testing, and the manner in which the bout will happen. Executive Officer Andy Foster has made it clear that both fighters above 50+ should not be going for knockout finishes. Both Tyson and Jones, however, are ready for whatever happens.