The last time the legendary champion was seen in the ring was in 2003 when he lost the fight against journeyman Kevin McBride. However 17 years later Mike Tyson, 54 is making a surprising comeback. He has been training with acclaimed MMA trainer, Rafael Cordeiro to prepare to fight face to face with a true megastar of boxing. Despite 15 years out of the ring he sure has worked himself back up to serious shape.
For those who don’t know Jones well, he is a four-weight world champion and won the heavyweight world championship back in 2003, the year Tyson was last in the ring. Jones has been training with Chris Eubank Jr amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jones is one of the most naturally talented fighters throughout the course of boxing history.
Jones posted on his Instagram;
“I am happy that this fight between me and Mike Tyson will happen!
“I was always ready and will be ready this time as well. I want all my fans to support me and tune in. Its gonna be epic.”
So let's talk details;
The fight will be hosted at the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy; Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Previously known as Home Depot Center and StubHub Center, The $150million venue opened in 2003 and can host 27,000 fans. Unfortunately too many fans' disappointment, none will be permitted to attend due to the inevitable current situation regarding COVID-19. The good news is that fans can view the match ones and Tyson will be fighting on pay-per-view as well as on multimedia platform, Triller
The fight will take place on September 12 at 9pm ET (1am GMT).
Like all big events like this let's not forget the iconic live musical entertainment, these will be announced in the next few weeks.
According to US journalist Kevin Lole, a series of boxing matches featuring boxer vs MMA fighters are lined up for the undercard.
YouTube star Jake Paul, brother of Logan, has also confirmed he will be fighting former NBA star Nate Robinson prior to the main event.
Nate Robinson is taking his talents to the next level and taking his shot at the boxing ring. The ex NBA star and three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion is planning to step in the ring on Sept. 12. The fight plans to take place on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition.
Robinson told the Athletic's Shams Charania;
"I wanted to show that I'm a world-class athlete," in a statement. "I played college football in the NBA for 11 years, and I'm excited about this venture into the sport of boxing. Jake Paul, I want all the smoke."
This fight will be a somewhat ‘amateur’ one due to their lack of experience in fighting between both Robinson and Paul.
Robinson will be launching his boxing debut while Paul will be boxing for only the second time. Paul scored an opening-round TKO victory over fellow YouTube star AnEsonGib back in January.
Rest assured the bout will be a licensed one, the exhibition fight has been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, however, both fighters will wear larger, 12-ounce gloves.
Roy Jones Jr said to The Athletic that he plans to weigh around 205lbs for the boxing match, making it a heavyweight clash.
Executive director Andy Foster confirmed to Yahoo Sports that neither boxer will wear a head guard for the fight.
“This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off,” Foster said, therefore the mood will be quite relaxed;
“They’re just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see these legends.”
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