Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. is hoping to face an explosive Mike Tyson next month.
Jones and Tyson were scheduled to collide last month, but their contest was pushed back to a new date of November 28 in Los Angeles. Their bout will be an eight round exhibition.
The contest will be featured on pay-per-view, with Tyson fighting for the first time since 2005 – when he was stopped by heavyweight journeyman Kevin McBride.
Tyson, 54-years-old, is a former undisputed heavyweight champion.
Jones, now 51-years-old, captured a heavyweight title in 2003 – when he made history by jumping up from light heavyweight to capture the WBA title from John Ruiz. By that point, Tyson was more or less near the end of his career – and Jones moved back to 175-pounds.
During his career, Jones captured world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
Tyson only fought once a year from 2001-2005. He lost three of his last four fights, with all three defeats coming by way of knockout.
While Tyson retired in 2005, Jones continued to fight for another 13 years. He last fought in 2018 at the cruiserweight limit.
Jones explains that he would have fought Tyson back in 2003, but they were on different paths in their respective careers.
“I would have fought Mike Tyson,” said Jones to Joe Rogan. “He was the youngest heavyweight champ of all time. To me, he was one of the most explosive, entertaining guys you’d want to see. Because you never know he’s going to do, and it’s the same reason I’m going in right now.
”Nobody ever saw me going to heavyweight back then. By the time I did [move up to the heavyweight division] he was already on his way out. He had already departed the heavyweight division.”
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