Just how competitive will Mike Tyson be against Roy Jones Jr. in their eight-round exhibition bout on September 12? If “Iron” Mike had his way, he would give it his all.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) discussed using his knockout power to take out Jones (66-9), who recently retired in 2018. Andy Foster, the Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, stated that a winner will be counted via knockout or exhaustion. He is expecting no knockouts or any major damage to be done to the 50+-year-olds. Tyson on the other hand sees things differently.
“This is search and destroy and I’m looking forward to recapturing my glory,” said Tyson. “If the opportunity comes, I’m always looking for it.”
Making his professional debut in 1985, Tyson 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. He became the youngest world heavyweight champion of all time at 20. The man with 44 wins via knockout’s last fight as a pro was a loss at the hands of Kevin McBride in 2005.
There have been concerns by his peers as to how the fight could go. George Foreman, who retired at 28 and returned at 38, stated that at 54, Tyson could be in trouble. Tyson made sure to dismiss Foreman’s worries.