Report: Mike Tyson return fight vs. Roy Jones Jr. postponed until November
The exhibition between legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. has been postponed, according to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic. The exhibition bout, which was initially scheduled for Sept. 12 in Carson, California, has a new tentative date of Nov. 28.
This fight became an initial sensation ever since the rumors of a comeback started swirling in early summer. The promoters finally hammered out an agreement in late July.
Mike Tyson has not put on the gloves — at least professionally — since retiring in 2006 after knockout losses in consecutive matches against journeymen Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. His last shot at the title came against Lennox Lewis, as a 35-year-old Tyson lost by way of knockout.
“Iron Mike” was once the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title and one of the scariest menaces the sport has ever known in any weight division.
Tyson (50-6-2, 44 KO) will don his signature XXL gloves at some point later this year and fight Roy Jones Jr., who is three years younger and has seen the ropes as recently as two years ago.
When Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KO) was looking for a contender, he had no shortage of interested parties willing to take him on, as the likes of Evander Holyfield, James Toney, Riddick Bowe, and Shannon Briggs were willing to face him. Yet fighting a legend like Mike Tyson was the most appealing prospect for the Florida native.
Needless to say, Mike Tyson is feeling plenty confident, carrying every bit of swagger as he did in his younger days:
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) August 10, 2020
The longtime heavyweight icon has looked sharp and in great shape in recent videos, making the anticipation for this dream matchup with Roy Jones Jr. all the more exhilarating.