Mike Tyson, 54, will return to the ring on September 12. (The New York Times: Ozier Muhammad)The training footage and shirtless selfies were building towards a comeback after all. Mike Tyson, 54, will return to the…
The training footage and shirtless selfies were building towards a comeback after all.
Mike Tyson, 54, will return to the ring on September 12 to face Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight. As reported first by Yahoo Sports, the clash between the former heavyweight champions will take place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Tyson confirmed the news on Twitter with a post captioned: “I. AM. BACK. #legendsonlyleague. September 12th vs @RealRoyJonesJr on #Triller and PPV #frontlinebattle @TysonLeague”.
It was not entirely unexpected.
Even the lockdown couldn’t keep ‘Iron Mike’ down.
Tyson has caused a stir online with videos of him working out and getting back into boxing shape. In May, he posted a boxing montage that finished with “I’m back”, further fuelling comeback speculations.
Last week, Tyson announced a return — sort of. ‘The baddest man on the planet’ will fight a great white shark as part of Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week festivities on August 9.
“Someone’s gonna get bit,” Tyson warned at the end of the advertisement, though the event itself will be more in line with the gimmicky race between Michael Phelps and the great white shark in 2017. When the “race” was televised, the winner of 23 Olympic gold medals swam alone, and was matched with a computer-generated image of a shark.
The bout against Roy Jones Jr. is already more believable.