Tyson to fight Jones on his comeback
Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion, revealed yesterday that he would make his comeback at the age of 54 on Sept 12 against another veteran, Roy Jones Jnr.
Tyson, who has not boxed for 15 years, will take on his fellow American in an eight-round exhibition bout to be broadcast as pay-perview on a social media platform. Reports suggested that the fight would be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.
Tyson has been in the gym with coach Rafael Cordeiro during the coronavirus lockdown, with short videos of his explosive combinations thrilling fans who had calling for the return of “Iron Mike”, although the once-destructive heavyweight quit on his stool against Kevin McBride in 2005, and last held a world title 24 years ago.
With former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield also in training during lockdown, there had even been whispers of a trilogy fight between the pair, but Tyson’s opponent instead will be 51-yearold Jones, who held titles in four weight classes and who fought 75 times, the last of those in 2018. Tyson finished his professional career with 50 wins and six losses and now runs a cannabis farm retreat.
Billy Joe Saunders, meanwhile, the two-weight world champion at middleweight and super-middleweight, has been found guilty of misconduct and fined £15,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for the video he released early in the coronavirus lockdown in which he advised men how to hit their female partners.
The 30-year-old had his boxing licence suspended by the board in March, but that suspension has now been lifted. Saunders’s fine will be donated to charity, while the boxer has pledged to donate funds to a domestic abuse charity. Saunders apologised at the time, saying he would “never condone domestic violence”.
Saunders was also fined £100,000 by the board over a video from his car in September 2018, in which an alleged female drug addict was goaded by the roadside in Sheffield.