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Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr in eight-round exhibition fight | Boxing News

Last Updated: 23/07/20 6:38pm

Mike Tyson will return to the ring

Mike Tyson will return to the ring

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will return to the ring for an eight-round exhibition fight on September 12 in Los Angeles.

Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, are legends of American boxing but will be making shock comebacks, although it is expected they will wear headgear and use larger gloves.

Jones Jr posted on social media: “I am happy that this fight between me and Mike Tyson will happen! I was always ready and will be ready this time as well.”

Iconic former heavyweight champion Tyson has been posting ferocious clips of himself in training over the past few months fuelling speculation of a first fight since 2005.

Jones Jr, a four-weight world champion, won fights in 2017 and 2018 in what was his 75th pro fight.

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Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson III?

It had initially been considered that Tyson would fight his great rival Evander Holyfield, now 57, in an exhibition.

Holyfield told Sky Sports News earlier this year: “I wouldn’t ask nobody to do anything they don’t want to do. But it’s for charity. If we can work something out that works for everybody then it’s a win-win-win.”

Tyson previously said: “I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.”

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