Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 for an eight-round exhibition fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles without fans in attendance.
“My mindset is totally bliss. This is something I’ve done all my life since I was 13 years old,” Tyson said. “I’m more evolved now than I’ve ever been. My objective is to go in there with the best intentions of my life and to disable my opponent, and that’s just what it is.”
Jones said the one question he always hears from people is, “Have you ever fought Mike Tyson?”
Until now, that answer has been no.
“Now I don’t have to say ‘no’ no more,” Jones said during Thursday’s news conference. “I’m so glad to get this opportunity because now I can say, ‘Yes, I did. I sure did.’ And guess what? Tune in on the 28th, and you’ll see how it go.”
The two boxing legends were originally set to meet on Sept. 12, but the fight was postponed.
Jones and Tyson doubled down that they’re taking this fight seriously despite it being an exhibition. There will be a new prize, the WBC Frontline Battle Belt, on the line.