In the best shape of his life since his fighting days, Mike Tyson is ready to take on Roy Jones Jr. and the world. He is confident in his abilities. Would that be the case against a former MMA champion?
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his upcoming bout against Jones. The two will compete for charity on September 12, and it will be Tyson’s first major fight since 2005. At 54, Tyson appears in fight shape and ready to once again take over the boxing world.
“I’m back, man, I’m back. I don’t know how it came back. I started training, I’m back in shape, 228. I’ve been boxing, I can’t believe this either, man. I don’t believe in the fountain of youth, but something just came over me and I’m back, man,” Tyson stated during the show, via Yahoo Sports.
The fight between Tyson and Jones (66-9) will be without headgear but both will be wearing 12-ounce gloves. Andy Foster, the Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, stated that a winner will be counted via knockout or exhaustion. He is not expecting a war due to the age (50+) of both men.
A former lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson was then asked by Fallon how he would do against boxing greats from films. He said he would lay Rocky Balboa down while also stating that Ivan Drago is way too slow for him. When asked how he would do against the UFC’s Conor McGregor, Tyson stated it wouldn’t be a contest. Fallon insisted that McGregor is a “nut” and doesn’t play by the rules.
“Yeah, but I’m going to kick his a** anyway,” Tyson went on to say. “We’d play by boxing rules.”
McGregor, a UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion, competed in a boxing ring once; losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2017. The two are not unfamiliar with one another, as Tyson has praised the “Notorious” one before.
As far as someone who can beat him, Tyson would state he’d have to surrender when it came to The Karate Kid.
The fight between Tyson and Jones will take place inside the Dignity Health Sports Arena in California.