Mike Tyson returns…to face Roy Jones Jr


Mike Tyson will make his boxing comeback against Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout in September.

The 54-year-old, who has stunned fans with his physical transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic, outlined his plans to return to the sport back in May.

Although many sceptics suggested it was a publicity stunt, the former undisputed world heavyweight champion insisted he was serious about fighting again and hired MMA legend Rafael Cordeiro to work with him on the pads.

While the likes of Tyson Fury and Tito Ortiz revealed they had held discussions with Tyson over being his comeback opponent, it has now been agreed that he will face Jones Jr.

The two legendary boxers will meet in an eight-round exhibition bout on September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in California.

The event will be on pay-per-view as well as shown on multi-media site Triller.

An exhibition bout, it will feature larger, 12-ounce gloves and neither man will reportedly be looking for a knockout as they will be without headgear.

The fight, named: “FRONTLINE BATTLE,” is the first event of a series produced under Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League, a sports venture owned by Tyson and Eros Innovations which has partnered with Triller on all future boxing events.

Tyson has not fought since 2005 while Jones has remained active, with his 75th and most recent pro fight coming in 2018.

Tyson reigned as heavyweight champion from 1987-1990 and remains the youngest man to ever win a heavyweight world title.

Jones Jr held world titles in four weight classes, at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

The pair never met in their prime.

Jones said: “I had no intention of going back and fighting again, but for the sake of Mike Tyson, I agree to make an exception.

“For me, this is an opportunity that I cannot refuse. Of all those who wanted to go into the ring with him, he chose me. And since he did that, how can I say no?”

Andy Foster, who is the director of the California State Athletic Commission, confirmed he had met with both Tyson and Jones Jr via Zoom to arrange the showdown.

“This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off,” Foster told Yahoo Sports.

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