Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight winner who retired in 2005, will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on September 12 (September 13 AEST) in Los Angeles.
On his Legends Only League web page, Tyson announced the 8-round exhibition bout in opposition to Jones, a fifty one-year-outdated fighter who briefly held the heavyweight title and has fought constantly into his 50s.
“It’s just going to be incredible,” Tyson stated on a movie phone on ESPN.
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Tyson shrugged off any idea of danger for severe injury for himself or Jones, stating that California guidelines will have to have they each don headgear for the fight.
“We’re each attained fighters,” Tyson stated. “We know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright.”
Tyson concluded fifty-six with forty four knockouts even though Jones, who previous fought in February 2018, is 66-nine with 47 knockouts.
Tyson vowed it would be competitive rather than for clearly show — “we’re exhibiting our competencies and fighting” — and stated he wishes to recapture the fearsome form he when shown.
“It’s 100 per cent of it hunting to be Mike Tyson in the ring,” Tyson stated. “I’ve bought 1 velocity — forward.”
In a battle for the aged, Tyson stated he wishes to clearly show more mature can nevertheless indicate thrilling in the athletics realm.
“It’s simply because I can do it and I believe that other individuals believe that they can do it,” Tyson stated. “We aren’t washed up. Any person claims around-age is washed up but they have a even larger admirer foundation than the guys who are schooling now.”
Tyson envisions elder statesmen activities of mixed martial arts and NBA fame, mentioning this kind of former NBA stars as Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson.
Tyson grew to become the youngest heavyweight winner in history at twenty several years and four months when he stopped Trevor Berbick in the next round in 1986 to gain the Entire world Boxing Council crown.
Within just a year, Tyson was the undisputed winner and dominated the division, earning his nickname as “The Baddest Guy on the Planet” and going 37-.
But in February 1990 at Tokyo, Tyson experienced a tenth-round knockout at the palms of James “Buster” Douglas in a beautiful upset.
He was arrested for rape in 1991 and convicted in 1992, serving three several years in jail ahead of his 1995 launch and return to the ring.
Tyson regained the title but lost two times to Evander Holyfield, disqualified the next time for biting his rival’s ear, earning a suspension that saved him sidelined for 18 months.
He had 1 previous chance at the heavyweight crown, getting rid of to Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2002, and retired after 6 rounds in opposition to Kevin McBride in 2005 in his closing fight, days shy of his thirty ninth birthday.
“I’ve been by some ordeals and now I’m again here,” Tyson stated.
“I’ve taken treatment of my entire body.”
Jones has carried out much the identical since winning his to start with middleweight title in 1993 and rolled by the super middleweight and mild heavyweight ranks at 49-1 ahead of dropping three fights in a row in 2004-2005.
His championship operate bundled a 2003 victory around John Ruiz for the Entire world Boxing Affiliation heavyweight title, a crown he under no circumstances defended ahead of rejoining the mild heavyweight ranks.
Jones fought at minimum when a year into 2018 but has expended far more time as a commentator than fighter in recent several years.