The return of Mike Tyson: Eight rounds, bigger gloves and an opponent with excellent pedigree

The return of Mike Tyson: Eight rounds, bigger gloves and an opponent with excellent pedigree

On September 12 he will fight in Los Angeles against Roy Jones, considered one of the best fighters, pound for pound, of the 90.

The return of Mike Tyson: Eight rounds, bigger gloves and a rival with excellent pedigree

The return of Mike Tyson will take place on September 12 in Los Angeles, in an eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones , another legend of the ring. After 15 years of inactivity, the Brooklyn Terror returns at 54 against a top rival, only three years younger, who already held four world champion belts between 1993 and 2004.

Legend's Only League, the organizing company, confirmed that it already has the approval of the California State Athletic Commission, although it could not yet specify whether it will allow public access to the Dignity Health Sports Arena, with capacity for more than 25,000 spectators.

Kevin Iole , a journalist for Yahoo Sport, reported that this exhibition fight will reduce its duration from 12 to eight rounds. However, fighters will sport 12-ounce gloves, somewhat larger than those commonly worn by professionals in the heavier categories.

15 years after McBride

In any case, the return of Tyson, 54, exceeds all expectations. His fine-tuning in recent months, vaunted through social networks, is the best news for a champion who has yet to remove the memory of that ridiculous before Kevin McBride in June 2005 in Washington. Only a few weeks earlier he had also been beaten by Lennox Lewis and Danny Williams .

The election of Jones, whose last fight dates back to 2018, ends an endless succession of candidates, including from Evander Holyfield , his fierce rival, to Sonny Bill Williams , an All-Blacks legend.

Jones, considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the 1990s, peaked in March 2003 in Las Vegas. That victory against John Ruiz proclaimed him champion of heavy weights by the World Association (WBA). He never defended that title, but went down a notch to light heavyweight. In November 2003, he unified the belts in that category in Las Vegas after beating Antonio Tarver on points.

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