Boxing legend Mike Tyson announced to have an exhibition boxing match against Roy Jones Jr. Tyson regarded as one of the greats of boxing has won 50 out of his 58 international matches. In May, Tyson indicated his intention to get back in the ring. Now he confirmed the fight with a twitter post.
Tyson, 54, will face another legend, Roy Jones Jr., 51 on September 12 in an eight-round match. The fight will be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission and will air on pay-per-view and social media platform Triller. Triller is also creating a "ten-part docuseries featuring behind-the-scenes, pre-fight footage, releasing two episodes per week leading up to the match. Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said,
I would probably like to see it but I feel is it a bit irresponsible to let a 53-year-old legend back in the ring?
Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, last fought in 2005 against Kevin McBride. He lost that match. On the other hand, Jones fought two years ago against Scott Sigmon. He won that match. Jones has held world championships in four weight classes.
In an interview Tyson said,
I never took that many punches. After the last fight I had, I left and I lived my life, and I've been through some experiences and now I'm back here. I feel like I took better care of my body and my state of mind than most of the fighters before me that retired and came back.
At the peak of his professional career, Tyson was titled as the most famous athlete in the world. Each time he stepped into the ring, there was the possibility of another brutal knockout. The legend had won his first 19 fights by knockout, with 12 coming in the first round.