54-year-old Mike Tyson, the former ‘Baddest Man on the Planet,’ will come out of retirement to fight 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. on September 12. The boxing veterans who have a combined age of 105 years` have left many observers concerned. However, Jones Jr said, “God’s in control.”
Tyson said, “It’s because I can do it, and I believe other people believe they can do it too. Just because we are 54, it doesn’t mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I’m sure that other people feel the same way.”
Boxing legend, Tyson, who has not fought since his defeat to Kevin McBride in 2005 will meet in an eight-round ‘exhibition’ bout with the referee expected to call a halt if it “strays outside the boundaries of a competitive boxing exhibition,” according to the California State Athletic Commission. However, Luke Griggs, the deputy chief executive of brain injury association Headway, said Mike Tyson’s return to the ring at the age of 54 is ‘dangerous’ and ‘wrong.’ But the 54-year-old has insisted he is feeling “very confident” ahead of his showdown against Roy Jones Jr.
Tyson’s seven children, who range from aged nine to 30, think his return to the ring is also a bad idea. Speaking to talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, Tyson said: “My kids think I should sit my old ass down. But what do they know? I’m very confident.”
Jones Jr did not sound quite as confident when he admitted the fight is “very risky”.
He told World Boxing News: “His legs are huge, and his thighs are huge. His arms are huge, and his neck is huge. “It’s very risky, yes. But God’s in control of all,” he said.
Can age be a barrier to their comeback? Who knows? These two guys are legends in the sports, so what are they trying to prove? Enzo Maccarinelli Maccarinelli, who beat Jones Jr. in 2015, told Sky Sports, that Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr would “want to prove a point to each other and to themselves,” so their ring return will become competitive.
“I’m telling you now, it won’t be friendly.”
Fans are already left fearing for Jones Jr after recent video footage showing the 54-year-old Tyson training for the fight.
The video was so impressive that two-time unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, said he supports Mike Tyson’s return to the ring at the age of 54, adding he hopes it ‘adds value’ to boxing.
Ahead of the eight-round exhibition showdown, Tyson has revealed he has shed six stone for his fight with Roy Jones Jr after piling it on from unhealthy lifestyle.
Also, Joshua said he has no problem with the veterans climbing back to the ring, but says the former world champ should not even contemplate trying to take on one of the current kings in the heavyweight division.
He said: “I think it’s for a passion from them both. It’s what they’ve known.
“Mike Tyson has been fighting since he was like 13 years old. Roy Jones had his dad push him to become a great boxer.
“Good luck to them both. It’s all they know.”