Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones, Jr. exhibition match set for September 12

Recently, 54 year old former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson has made news with his online workouts and indications that he is ready to fight again. On Thursday it was announced that Tyson will get his wish when it was announce that he will be making a comeback fight against former multiple weight class Champion, 51 year old Roy Jones, Jr.

The fight will take place on September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The bout will be available on pay-per-view and via the entertainment / social video platform “Triller”. Triller plans to air a ten part documentary leading up to the fight.

Once considered the most dangerous man on the planet, Mike Tyson (50-6) last fought 15 years ago when he quit on his stool before the seventh round against Kevin McBride. By the time of the fight, Tyson was in poor physical condition and had lost his passion for the sport. During his prime, many felt that Tyson was the greatest heavyweight to ever lace up the gloves. Legal problems, money issues, and struggles with mental health quickly derailed his promising career in the early 1990’s. Though Tyson had a formidable career after being released from prison in 1995, it never lived up to the hype and expectations that it once had.

During the last 15 years, “Iron Mike” has become a pop culture icon, toning down his former menacing persona and adopting a more introspective take on life. Occasionally, however, the old Tyson makes and appearance and reminds everyone who he once was. Tyson has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows in recent years and had a very successful one-man show tour.

At one time, many believed that Roy Jones, Jr. (66-9) was the greatest pound-for-pound fighter ever. Jones has continued to fight sporadically over the years with his last appearance coming in February of 2018 with a unanimous decision over relative unknown Scott Sigmon. In 2005, Jones lost three fights consecutively and was never quite the same afterwards.

Over the last 15 years, while continuing to fight, Jones has embarked on many side projects, such as releasing a rap album and forming a rap group. Jones has been in several movies, including Creed II and has received dual citizenship in the United States and Russia. Jones is often called on to do boxing commentary and has branched off into training.

Stay connected to the Maryland Sports Blog in the coming months to see more stories, predictions, and previews leading up to this historic fight.

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