Even at 54, Mike Tyson keeps surprising us including with his latest decision to step back into the ring for a bout against four-weight world champion Roy Jones Junior.
The eight-round exhibition fight is scheduled to take place on September 12 in Los Angeles. The former heavyweight world champion had previously been heavily linked with a number of fights including former rival Holyfield.
Tyson last fought professionally back in 2005 when he was beaten by Irish fighter Kevin McBride. It was to be his sixth loss in 58 career fights.
Fellow American Jones meanwhile has a much more recent fighting pedigree, having stepped into the ring in 2018. And at 3 years younger at 51, Jones is going to be a tough opponent.
World champion at 20
Tyson’s career has had more ups and downs than his opponents. He became the youngest ever world heavyweight champion when he knocked out Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20.
And it was against Holyfield that Mike Tyson and the infamous Bite Fight made him a global name. More recently, his life has been a series of ups and downs and twists and turns. Including his upcoming fight against a shark?!
There’s no denying that Tyson has been training hard in recent years and shed 70lb thanks to his training regime to leave him looking fit and lean.
And while he’s fought for money in the past due to hard times and bankruptcy, this fight is purely for charity.
“I am preparing to help those who have been less fortunate than me and I will do so in a fight for charity.
“I will earn that money and help the homeless and addicts. I’ve been through it and I know how difficult it is.”
DubaiLAD will definitely be tuning in for the royal rumble!