What Does Roy Jones Jr. Think Could Be A Factor In Mike Tyson Fight?
Finally getting his time to shine against “Iron” Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. is looking at all aspects of the bout. That includes the size and age of his opponent.
Jones (66-9) will be facing off against Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) in an exhibition bout on September 12. Excited to finally get his hands on Tyson after rejecting a bout in the early 2000s, Jones believes there is a possibility he has him figured out. Speaking on First Take, Jones discussed how age could be a factor in the bout. Jones is 51 while Tyson just turned 54.
“It’s hard to say. Boxing is a strange sport. A lot of times people say the legs are the first thing to go, and my legs were really a key part of my style, my skill level. They say power is the last thing to go, and his power was the key element of his skill set,” Jones stated, via Boxing Scene.
“His skill set — his power — is still there. My skill set — my legs — are still there, but not what they used to be. So I wouldn’t be mad if they said he was the favorite, but I wouldn’t agree with that.”
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.
When it comes to a game plan, Jones already knows that Tyson will be dangerous in the first three rounds. With 44 wins via knockout, Tyson was as dominant as ever in his prime. Showing intensity in his recent workouts, Tyson is taking his comeback very seriously. How does Jones see an eight-round exhibition bout for charity going?
“For me, I know how to have fun in the ring and try to make it the best that I can make it,” Jones went on to say. “But at the same time, Mike knows one way. It’s like playing with a pit bull pup. … He’ll play, but he’ll get lost because all he knows is [to] … go at it. So that’s all Mike knows — go at it. So I’ve got to be prepared for whatever Mike comes out with.
“Mike is still just as dangerous as ever. The only thing about it is, you’ve been out of this sport for so long, it’ll be hard for him to go a full 12-round bout and sustain this. Yet he’s still good, he has his speed, he still has his power, he’s still highly explosive, so he’s still a dangerous guy. It’s going to be dangerous for all eight rounds. You’ve got to be ready to protect yourself because that’s Mike Tyson.”
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.