Roy Jones Jr. has taken the time to look back at not getting the chance to clash with Mike Tyson back in 2003.
Back on March 1, 2003, Jones challenged John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. Jones won the fight via unanimous decision to capture the gold. Jones ended up moving back down in weight following the title win but there were rumblings of a potential showdown with Tyson. While Jones insisted that he wanted the fight, he claims Tyson had no interest.
Speaking to Joe Rogan, Jones said that had Tyson’s heart been in the sport of boxing, he would’ve jumped at the chance to fight him (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I would have fought Mike Tyson. He was the youngest heavyweight champ of all time. To me, he was one of the most explosive, entertaining guys you’d want to see. Because you never know he’s going to do, and it’s the same reason I’m going in right now. Nobody ever saw me going to heavyweight back then. By the time I did [move up to the heavyweight division] he was already on his way out. He had already departed the heavyweight division.”
Fast forward to 2020 and Jones will collide with Tyson in an exhibition bout. The fight will take place on November 28. This will be an eight-round exhibition affair. There will be no judges at ringside. If a fighter suffers a cut, the fight will be stopped. While Jones is 51 years old and Tyson is 54, there is still intrigue with the fight.