Tyson to fight Jones on his come­back

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Gareth A Davies Box­ing cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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