Former undisputed heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson will return to the ring and fight ex-world champion Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match. The 54-year-old Tyson will face Jones in an eight-round bout Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The match will be broadcast on pay-per-view as well as multimedia platform Triller.
Triller confirmed the bout with a teaser video on social media, and the platform plans to show a 10-part docuseries leading up to the fight.
Over the past few months, Tyson (50-6) has posted footage of himself training in the gym, leading to speculation about a possible return to the ring. He last fought 15 years ago, when Kevin McBride stopped him in six rounds. Last month, Jones, 51, expressed interest in a potential fight with Tyson. Jones (66-9) hasn’t fought since Feb. 8, 2018, when he defeated Scott Sigmon by decision.
Andy Foster, the executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, said Tyson and Jones won’t be wearing headgear, but the fighters will use 12-ounce gloves.
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