For the first time in over a decade, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will return to boxing.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Tyson, 54, will fight another former great Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exibition match on Sept. 12. The competition will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Ca., and feature undercards with boxers competing against mixed martial artists.
Tyson’s last official boxing match was on June 11, 2005. The loss to Kevin McBride was his third loss in four fights and marked the disappointing end to an otherwise illustrious career at 50-6-0 with 44 knockouts. Tyson has since found success in other avenues but rumors of his return began picking up once videos of recent sparring sessions started surfacing online.
Jones, 51, has traditionally competed in lighter weight classes than Tyson, but did win a title in his short time as a heavyweight. He’s also held titles as a middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight.
Jones’ (66-9-0, 47 KO’s) last officialy fight was on Feb. 8, 2018, a unanimous decision win over Scott Sigmon.
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Report: Mike Tyson to make boxing return in exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington