Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. exhibition rescheduled

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2020

On Sunday, RingTV.com reported that the eight-round fight has been rescheduled from September 12 to November 28. A source additionally told ESPN that organizers of the event wanted more time to iron out global TV deals and lingering details attached to the event, thus needing the bout to be postponed by over two months.

The fight was initially set to take place at Dignity Health Park in Carson, California, without fans present. Tyson and Jones Jr. will be allowed to wear 12-ounce gloves, and California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster has stated the fight will be considered an exhibition instead of a normal bout. The price of the event will reportedly be $49.99.

Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) retired from professional boxing in 2006, after suffering two consecutive knockouts, but has rebranded himself over the last decade from a convicted felon and largely ridiculed athlete into a likable guy, podcaster and king of a cannabis empire who stars in movies from time to time and is one of the biggest stars on the planet. After becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history by knocking out Trevor Berbick in 1986 at age 20, Tyson held the undisputed title from 1987 to 1990. The fighter, now 51, last fought in February 2018 and posted a 12-1 record in the last seven years of his championship-laden career.

The longtime heavyweight icon has looked sharp and in great shape in recent videos, making the anticipation for this dream matchup with Roy Jones Jr. all the more exhilarating. Jones Jr. now operates his own organization, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions, which airs its events on UFC Fight Pass.

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