After months of teasing boxing fans with explosive training videos, “Iron” Mike Tyson has finally announced his boxing comeback.
The 54-year-old boxing legend will take on the legendary Roy Jones Jr. on 12 September in an 8-round exhibition being called Frontline Battle, US website TMZ reported on Thursday.
Tyson’s opponent Roy Jones Jnr is 51-years-old and held titles in 4 different weight classes – middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight – during his career but has not fought since February 2018.
The fight will be available on Pay-per-view and on the social media platform Triller according to the reports.
The much-anticipated fight will reportedly take place in California — and will be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.
Roy Jones Jnr boasts a 66-9 record from 75 professional fights and scored impressive victories over fighters like Antonio Tarver, Felix Trinidad, James Toney, Bernard Hopkins and Vinny Paz.
Tyson was 50-6 in his career scoring wins over boxers like Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Trevor Berbick and more.
No undercard and live musical performances have been announced for the bout but stars like Snoop, Lil Wayne, Future, The Weeknd, Pitbull, Marshmello who are all affiliated with Triller are rumoured to have been lined up for the event.
The social media platform have also locked up the rights to a 10-part docuseries featuring Tyson and Jones preparing for their fight with 2 episodes dropping every week until fight night.
Tyson who became heavyweight champion at 20 in 1987 – record that still stands – was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles, as well as the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
He has been talking about a comeback for months and got tongues wagging when he posted a series of videos of him in training.
It was initially thought a third bout between Tyson and rival Evander Holyfield was on the cards but while Jones Jnr has been announced, it is believed a Tyson-Holyfield bout could still happen in the future.
Tyson has battled substance abuse and weight issues after he stepped away from the ring 15 years ago but has been able to get his life back on track.