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Roy Jones: When I Won Heavyweight Title, Only Fight I Wanted Was Mike Tyson

Roy Jones Jr, 51-years-old, captured world titles in four different weight classes.

Jones, who captured his first world title at middleweight, achieved a career dream in 2003 when he moved up to heavyweight and defeated John Ruiz for the WBA world title.

When he captured that title, his dream fight was a showdown with former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

The fight never materialized, with Jones moving back to light heavyweight for his next outing and Tyson retiring from the sport in 2005. 

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Almost 18 years later, Jones will get the opportunity to face Tyson.

This past Thursday, it was announced that Jones would face the 54-year-old Tyson in an eight round exhibition bout on September 12 in California. The bout will be distributed on pay-per-view.

 "[I took the fight] for fun, but the risks vs. reward thing too," Jones said on The Luke Thomas Show.

"When I won the heavyweight title, the only heavyweight I wanted to fight was Mike Tyson. So If I got a chance 20 years later to get in the ring with Mike, of course I’m going to do it. How can I say no?"

Jones fought a lot longer than Tyson - continuing his career all the way to February of 2018. He retired in the aftermath.

He does not expect to continue fighting - after the bout with Tyson. He teases that he might face someone else if the pay-per-view event generates a lot of business, but doubts he will continue.

“No, [I won't fight someone else after Tyson]. If it’s a huge success, there’s a possibility, but I doubt it - one and done," Jones said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BodyBagz on 07-30-2020

[QUOTE=Skip Bayless;20675668]fact. if he wanted tyson and go fight him ffs but instead he spent most of his prime years fighting bums for peanuts.[/QUOTE] He was RJJ, he could have fought anyone he wanted.

Comment by markther on 07-28-2020

[QUOTE=cupcrazy01;20677512]Tyson was actually in pretty good shape vs. Williams and he was dominating that fight early, almost stopped him, then he blew his knee out and that's why he lost/quit. If that Tyson gets Roy, it is quite possible that…

Comment by cupcrazy01 on 07-27-2020

[QUOTE=HeadShots;20676824]Where's the video of Roy calling out Tyson? Tell me something I can believe *****[/QUOTE] He actually did after the first Tarver fight, post-fight interview with Merchant. [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZaqWz9LbFA[/url] 1:06:00

Comment by cupcrazy01 on 07-27-2020

[QUOTE=markther;20675492]And we know who Tyson fought around that time he could have fought Roy, Danny Williams, who stopped Tyson. And after that lost to Danny Williams, McBride forced Tyson to retire a year later. Roy should have had one of…

Comment by richardt on 07-27-2020

[QUOTE=Skip Bayless;20677396]Come on. 5m a fight is nothing, he turned down 40 for Tyson fight apparently coz he had the nerve to ask for more money lmao[/QUOTE]Dude, give it up. He was being paid 5 mill for fighting the Hardings,…

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