Looking to make the most of his comeback fight, Mike Tyson may be looking to further legitimize the bout between himself and Roy Jones Jr.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) discussed an update on his exhibition fight. Recently, the planned September date for the fight was moved to November. This was due to the hope of increasing revenue for the event taking place in California. Tyson is looking to get all eyes on the bout.
“Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history,” Tyson stated. “This temporary inconvenience will last longer than Roy Jones Jr. He better be ready, I’m coming full force.”
“Given the enormous interest, the holiday weekend will make this historic battle an even bigger viewing event,” the company says … “marking the first live Pay-Per-View event brought to the world by Triller as the first of the ‘Triller Battles’ series.”
Triller, known for music and short videos (almost like TikTok), will be diving into the sports scene. The company reportedly paid (via CNBC) about $50 million for exclusive streaming rights for the exhibition. It will also create a ten-part docuseries leading up to fight night.
Tyson will be competing in his first bout since 2005 when he lost against Kevin McBride. The former heavyweight champion became a star in the ’80s and ’90s, knocking out opponents left and right within the heavyweight division. At 54, Tyson is now in great shape and is looking to showcase his new physique.
The bout will be eight rounds and the California Athletic Commission is hoping the two wear headgear. “Iron” Mike may end up making it a competitive fight, however. Tyson went on to say that the two will not just be fighting for charity, but for a special title as well. Additionally, the bout will have judges to score it.
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 for $49.99.