Mike Tyson to return to the ring, fight Roy Jones Jr.

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Mike Tyson is returning to boxing. Yes, you read that right.

15 years after his last professional fight, Tyson is reportedly set to face Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition bout on Sept. 12. The news was first reported by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

The 54-year-old Tyson hasn't won a fight since 2003. He fought in an exhibition tour in 2006 in order to help pay off mounting debt, and hasn't been back in a ring competitively since.

Iron Mike was an undisputed and unified heavyweight champion in the late 80's and early 90's. He has a career record of 50 wins, six losses, and two 'no contests,' with 44 of his wins coming by way of knockout. He is widely regarded as the best or second-best boxer of all time, behind only Muhammad Ali.

Feb 22, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Boxing Hall of Fame member Mike Tyson attends the WBC heavyweight title bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jones Jr. is a former heavyweight champion as well, and despite being 51-years-old continues to fight semi-regularly. He's had four bouts since 2016, and has won them all, two by knockout. His last fight came in February 2018.

Named 'Boxer of the Year' three times by ESPN (1996, 2000, 2003), Jones Jr. is a former WBA heavyweight champion. He has a career record of 66 wins and 9 losses, with 47 of those wins being knockouts.

Even though their professional careers overlapped for 17 years, Tyson and Jones have never met in the ring.

Their 2020 meeting is expected to take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. An undercard has not yet been released, but there is speculation it could include a boxing/UFC crossover event.

UPDATE: Per the Athletic's Shams Charania, one undercard fight will see former Celtics guard Nate Robinson square up against YouTuber Jake Paul.

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