Always expect the unexpected when it comes to Mike Tyson. Roy Jones Jr. is doing just that. When they meet up in their exhibition match over Thanksgiving weekend, Jones Jr. knows he’ll have to be on his toes. He said he knows Tyson will do something crazy when they are together in the boxing ring.
Mike Tyson created a firestorm this summer when it was announced he was coming out of boxing retirement at the age of 54. After months of speculation, it was announced Tyson would be getting back into the ring. He was scheduled to face another 50-plus former heavyweight champion, Roy Jones Jr. on Sept. 12 in an eight-round exhibition match.
The fight between the two retired champs is still set to go on, but the date has changed. The date has been pushed back to Nov. 28 with promoters saying the change was made because they expect a wider audience during a holiday weekend. Jones Jr. wasn’t happy with the move, saying it benefited Tyson.
During an interview with Fight Hub TV, Jones explained why he felt he was at a disadvantage with the postponement. “Having it September 12 was to my advantage,” Jones Jr. said recently. “He’s a bigger guy. It’s going to take him longer to get in shape and it’s going to take him longer to get his mind right. He hasn’t been active since, like 2009 or something. I fought in 2018.
According to Boxing Scene, Andy Foster, the California State Athletic Commission executive director, met with Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. to state the rules of the upcoming bout. The fight will consist of eight three-minute rounds, 12-ounce boxing gloves, no headgear, and no fans in the stands.