Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. is set to take place on September 12th in California. Sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, it will be Tyson’s first fight since 2005. Tyson quit on the stool in that fight, refusing to come out for the seventh round. In the post-fight interview, he said “I just don’t have this in my heart anymore…I’m just fighting to take care of my bills, basically”. Since then, the roller coaster ride we call, Mike Tyson’s Life, has continued.
Mike Tyson: The Comeback
Fifteen years later, here we are, Mike Tyson wants to fight again. We are nearly seven months into the shit show of a year known as 2020 and at this point nothing is unexpected. Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. could take place on the Moon and that still would not be the craziest thing to happen.
A few months ago, videos of Mike Tyson training began to surface. He looked phenomenal for being 54 years old. When questioned about training again, he responded with, “I feel unstoppable now. The gods of war have reawakened me. They’ve ignited my ego and want me to go to war again.”
Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr. – What to Expect
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. is a fight boxing fans have been clamoring about forever now. When discussing a list of the greatest, someone is always mentioning Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. Ideally, we would have liked this fight to take place when these fighters were in their prime. In their primes, Tyson and Jones Jr. were certainly two of the most dominating fighters boxing has ever seen. Tyson, 54, and Jones Jr., 51, are old as dirt now. Honestly, I have no idea what is going to happen when these two step into the ring together on September 12th. Mike Tyson has not fought since 2005 and its been even longer since he has fought anyone of significance.
Roy Jones Jr., on the other hand, has been more active than Tyson, last fighting in 2018.
The former four division world champion (Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight) once won the WBA Heavyweight World Championship weighing under 200 lbs. Jones Jr., a better boxer than rapper, once released a rap song called, “Y’all Must Have Forgot”, responding to critics of his career.
Being crowned world champion in four different weight divisions and having a professional record of 66-9 (47 KOs), Roy Jones Jr.’s name belongs in the discussion of the greatest. Having a professional record of 50-6 (44 KOs) and being the youngest heavyweight world champion ever, Mike Tyson’s name belongs in the discussion as well.
Two of the greatest of all time will go toe to toe, on September 12th, in a fight that may or may not disappoint.