Mike Tyson returns to the ring after a fifteen-year absence. The 54-year-old boxing legend fights a demonstration fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. in the US state of California on September 12, Tyson confirms after reports from various American media on Thursday.
The fight consists of eight rounds and is broadcast live on the new video platform Thriller. More details of the game have not yet been announced.
Iron Mike has been working on a return to the ring for some time. On Instagram, the three-time heavyweight world champion has shared several videos in recent weeks, showing that he’s working up a sweat on workouts.
Tyson ended his boxing career in 2005 at the age of 38 after a defeat to Irishman Kevin McBride. In total he fought 50 games, of which he won 44 by a knockout. He reportedly earned about $ 400 million (over $ 340 million) over his twenty-year career.
‘Fight with Holyfield is coming’
Tyson previously hinted at a fight with Evander Holyfield. According to TMZ that fight will also come. Tyson and Holyfield fought in the infamous ‘bite fight’ in 1997, in which Tyson bit off his opponent’s ear.
Jones Jr. became world champion six times in four different weight classes. He also captured the silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in South Korean Seoul. In 2003, he became the first ever boxer to become world heavyweight champion after a middleweight world title. He retired in 2018.
Mike Tyson during the infamous bite fight with Evander Holyfield in 1997. The American bit off an opponent’s ear. (Photo: Getty Images)