Mike Tyson will face former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr on his return to the ring on the age of 54.
Tyson, who dominated the heavyweight scene for nearly 20 years after profitable the title in 1987, will tackle 51-year-old Jones in an eight-round exhibition in California on September 12.
Tyson introduced the bout on Twitter, the primary of his Legends Solely League enterprise, with the phrases “I. AM. BACK.”
Jones final fought in 2018 whereas Tyson’s final skilled combat was a defeat by Kevin McBride 15 years in the past.
The 2 males allegedly nearly fought again in 2003, though a deal price £33million couldn’t be reached.
Talking to The Athletic, Jones confirmed his pleasure at dealing with the previous undisputed heavyweight champion.
“I do know it’s occurring, and I do know it’s in opposition to the good Mike Tyson, so how will you not be excited?”
“I’ve to deal with it as an actual combat since you by no means know,” Jones stated. “I’ll be in there with Mike Tyson. Mike’s too massive to be taking part in with.
“There have been quite a lot of names he may have chosen, however he selected me, so how may I say no? I don’t know quite a lot of the main points but, however that doesn’t hassle me. I simply need to combat.”
Though each males will likely be carrying bigger, 12-ounce gloves within the ring, neither man will likely be carrying head guards within the ring in September.
Regardless of California State Athletic Fee government Andy Foster insisting in any other case, the 1988 Olympian is ready for the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ to return at house with every part.
“I’m going to attempt to win and know he’ll attempt to knock me out,” he added. “If I can knock him out, he’s gotta go, but when I can outbox him, I gotta do no matter s*** I can to win.”