Competition can bring out the best in a fighter. It can also bring back a fire that was buried long ago. Mike Tyson’s fire to compete may be growing by the minute, something that Roy Jones Jr. is preparing for.
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) and Jones (66-9) are set to fight one another in an eight-round exhibition bout on September 12. One of the key questions has been simple: how competitive will this fight get? The California Atheltic Commission is enforcing 12-ounce gloves and a lack of knockdowns. With no judges present, it is expected to be a light bout. Tyson, however, is willing to go for the knockout if the opportunity arises.
Jones is ready for whatever comes his way.
“It’s a sparring session, but you have to remember, I’m the small guy here,” Jones stated to Yahoo Sports. “Andy Foster can’t control Mike once Mike gets in the ring. I’ve got to defend myself like I’m in a real fight. If Mike goes out there and decides to start hammering, what am I supposed to do, look at Andy?
“Hell no! I’ve got to defend myself and get back in it. I have heard what Andy Foster said, but I also know what Mike said and I can’t depend upon Andy Foster when I am in the ring with Mike. You hear me? I have to get myself ready for whatever Mike may bring. I have to be ready for war.”
Making his professional debut in 1989, Jones won the IBF Middleweight Title in 1993 against Bernard Hopkins. He then moved up in weight to light-heavyweight. “Captain Hook” became the first middleweight champion to win heavyweight gold. He ended his career on a four-fight win streak in the cruiserweight division in 2018.
Jones will be working with Chris Eubank Jr. for his upcoming fight. He is hoping Eubank can even fight on the card. At 51, Jones won’t be able to move like he used to. Playing basketball, his knees ended up getting damaged. Now with a 50-50 split of profits, with the majority going to charity, Jones couldn’t help but quit basketball and take advantage of the opportunity.
The fight between Tyson and Jones will take place inside the Dignity Health Sports Arena in California. The bout will air on PPV and Triller. With a price of $49.99, Jones believes this is a can’t-miss event.
“People are going to be sitting at home with nothing on TV and nothing to do, and they hear Mike and Roy are fighting, what do you think they’re going to do?” Jones stated. “Hell yeah, they’re going to watch. You wait and see. They’ll tune in.”