Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. were dominant forces in the sport of boxing. The two men could not have faced each other in their prime for obvious reasons, but what if it were exhibition or charity reasons?
According to reports by Sports Illustrated, the former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will take on light heavyweight legend Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match on Sept. 12, Triller, a music media streaming app that will be involved with the event, announced on Thursday.
Mike Tyson (50-6) hasn’t fought since losing to Kevin McBride in 2005. The 51-year-old Jones (66-9) was actually last in the ring in 2018, finishing off a professional career that spanned three decades.
The two fighters never had a chance to meet in their prime, so why now?
“It is because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too,” Tyson told ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday while confirming the fight. “Just because we are 54. It doesn’t mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do and I’m sure that other people feel the same way.”
“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.”
“I’ve been trying to enjoy retirement, but people don’t seem to want to let me retire,” Jones said. “They keep calling me, telling me that Mike wants to come back”.