Mike Tyson is set to make his dramatic return to the ring next weekend in a special, showpiece clash with Roy Jones Jr., reports said.
Tyson and Jones Jr. are set to face off on Thanksgiving Weekend on Saturday, November 28, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Some 15 years on since retiring, ‘Iron Mike’ will lace up his gloves once again.
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, Tyson has been showing off his incredible body transformation and looks in prime condition despite turning 54 years old in June.
Boxing fans have been stunned by the news of his comeback and now they only have a few shorts weeks to wait until he’ll get back in the ring.
Tyson will face off against Jones Jr., a former heavyweight world champion himself.
‘Superman’ was last in action in February 2018 when he beat Scott Sigmon in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
The 51-year-old is now set for one of his toughest and most high-profile bouts of his lengthy career when he steps up to face the icon that is Tyson. His record currently stands at 66 wins and nine defeats, while his last fight was two years ago.
Tyson finished his career with 50 wins against six losses. Of his victories, he claimed 44 of them by knockout.
With his victory over Trevor Berbick in 1986, the 20-year-old Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight champion in history.
Tyson was suspended indefinitely from boxing after he bit off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a match in June 1997. Tyson regained his license after a year following a court decision.
The clash was initially scheduled to take place on September 12 but in August, it was announced the date had been pushed back in order to maximize revenue amid the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown.
The event is being officially sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. Tyson has never fought in the state of California.
The undercard will involve several exhibition fights.
Youtuber Jack Paul will take on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson while former two-weight world champion Badou Jack will also be in action.
London’s Viddal Riley, who has played a key role in the string of Youtube boxing fights in recent years, will also be facing UFC fighter Rashad Coulter at the event.*PNA/ANADOLU