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Roy Jones: My Legs Are Still There, Mike Tyson's Power is Still There

Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. believes that he still has the legs and the boxing ability to hang with a much bigger man.

He's get the chance to prove his claims on September 12, when he faces former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in Carson, California.

Their eight round exhibition will headline a pay-per-view event.

Jones, 51-years-old, has been out of the ring since early 2018 - while Tyson, 54-years-old, will make his first in-ring appearance since 2005.

"It's hard to say. Boxing is a strange sport. A lot of times people say the legs are the first thing to go, and my legs were really a key part of my style, my skill level. They say power is the last thing to go, and his power was the key element of his skill set," Jones Jr. told ESPN's First Take.

"His skill set -- his power -- is still there. My skill set -- my legs -- are still there, but not what they used to be. So I wouldn't be mad if they said he was the favorite, but I wouldn't agree with that."

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The California State Athletic Commission does not want Jones and Tyson to come

Jones admits that he plans to box and have some fun - but he expects Tyson to come out looking for blood and looking for a knockout.

"For me, I know how to have fun in the ring and try to make it the best that I can make it," Jones said. "But at the same time, Mike knows one way. It's like playing with a pit bull pup. ... He'll play, but he'll get lost because all he knows is [to] ... go at it. So that's all Mike knows -- go at it. So I've got to be prepared for whatever Mike comes out with.

"Now, I want to box, have a good time and give people a good show, as well. But Mike ain't ordinary. He's not that person that can go out and do that. All he knows is to take your head off."

"Mike is still just as dangerous as ever. The only thing about it is, you've been out of this sport for so long, it'll be hard for him to go a full 12-round bout and sustain this. Yet he's still good, he has his speed, he still has his power, he's still highly explosive, so he's still a dangerous guy. It's going to be dangerous for all eight rounds. You've got to be ready to protect yourself because that's Mike Tyson."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by whirlout on 08-01-2020

Roy is just giddy hes getting a very good paycheck..hes super pumped and counting down when that money hit his account. Happy for him, heard he needs it bad too

Comment by BKM- on 07-31-2020

The good thing for them is there are no losers in this farce..I mean fight. Because they're already both losers for signing up to this.

Comment by Bandman on 07-31-2020

if Tyson swings with KO intent... Roy goes to sleep. it's that simple. Roy has no chin.. never had one

Comment by Marchegiano on 07-31-2020

[QUOTE=OffDaChainChico;20683331]It's ironic he says this. Who's he kidding? I love RJJ, but he lost his legs a decade and a half ago. His hand speed is still good, but his chin, legs, and reaction time are 20% of what they…

Comment by OffDaChainChico on 07-31-2020

It's ironic he says this. Who's he kidding? I love RJJ, but he lost his legs a decade and a half ago. His hand speed is still good, but his chin, legs, and reaction time are 20% of what they…

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