Mike Tyson claims he had a come-to-Jesus moment that eventually led him to fighting Roy Jones Jr.
“Old guys, that word don’t even make sense,” Tyson told Jim Gray in an interview that aired on Westwood One Sports radio. “Old? This is just a new time, a new thinking period in our lives. This is what we want to do. Sometimes the gods of war, they revive you and say, ‘You have to do more.’ Now I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t prepare for this. You know, I box people to see if I’m able to do this stuff, so I can do this stuff.”
Tyson is set to take on Jones in an eight-round exhibition tilt Nov. 28 on FITE TV pay per view.
The Hall of Fame fighter believes the prowess he possessed in his prime will carry over in the fight, which is scheduled to unfold in two-minute rounds.
“[My boxing skills are] good enough for this,” Tyson said. “Good enough to go eight rounds. I’m exerting myself, and this is going to be pretty interesting. I’m interested in waiting to see what happens as well … Man, that would be a novelty. Me using my skills, matching my skills now against the best heavyweights in the world, that would be mind-boggling.”
The 54-year-old Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) and 51-year-old Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs) were slated to face each other at the turn of the century for the heavyweight title, but a fight never materialized.
Two of the all-time greatest fighters of the last 30 years are now putting their action into intent and will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a crowdless event promoted by the social platform Triller.
The fight will mark the debut of Tyson’s newly launched Legends Only League.
Both camps have indicated the fight will benefit charity.
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.