boxing by Alessandro Malave July 27, 2020
Mike Tyson is back.
And he looks scarier than ever.
I. AM. BACK. #legendsonlyleague. September 12th vs @RealRoyJonesJr on #Triller and PPV #frontlinebattle @TysonLeague pic.twitter.com/eksSfdjDzK
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 23, 2020
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.’s long-anticipated bout will finally arrive on September 12, but the rules will be different.
The two legends agreed to hold an exhibition fight in Carson, California, but it doesn’t seem that they will be trying to end each other.
“This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off,” California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster said.
“They’re just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see these legends.”
With this fight being the debut, Tyson has introduced a new venture called the Legends Only League, which is pretty self-explanatory. Legends only, any sport, back in action.
The last time that Tyson stepped into the ring was in a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005. Jones last fought in 2018 in a win against Scott Sigmon.
Tyson and Jones will be brawling over eight rounds without headgear, but they will be wearing larger gloves. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem as if the pair are hyping up this fight as a bloodfest.
Though this is much different, we can’t help but think of another recent star-studded fight that saw one fighter’s return.
Floyd Mayweather’s 2017 return against MMA superstar Conor McGregor was a passion-filled brawl for the ages, but it was under different circumstances.
McGregor was trying to prove that his abilities extended beyond the octagon, and Mayweather was just trying to smash McGregor’s head in.
The fight also nabbed the two athletes a combined $410 million.
Conor McGregor promises on his life to beat Mayweather in a rematchhttps://t.co/REHLaYVBhE#MayweatherMcGregor #MikeTyson pic.twitter.com/mJrC5v79rf
— BoxinGhana.com (@BoxingGhana) May 16, 2020
Tyson and Jones’ returns, on the other hand, carry a level of respect between the two.
“I think it’s going to be very interesting,” Mayweather said.
“I’m not here to say Tyson’s going to win, I’m not here to say Roy’s going to win. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be entertaining.”
Of course, no fight would be complete without the signature pre-bout trash talk.
“You think you fly, huh, you ain’t s**t!” Tyson bellowed in a hype-up video. “I’m gonna get him back in front of these f***ing people.”
“His legs are huge, his thighs are huge, his arms are huge, his neck is huge,” Jones responded. “It’s very risky, yes, but God’s in control of all.”
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It might be just as entertaining to watch these two engage in a normal conversation.
Jones: I know Tyson will do something crazy, but I’ll do something crazy back https://t.co/IkiH0AtQbu pic.twitter.com/Dk3HRkJg8M
— Bad Left Hook (@badlefthook) July 26, 2020
Regardless, September 12 is going to be a fight for the ages. It has been a long several months since we have seen some premium sports content, and even longer since we have seen a boxing legend make their return.
This could very well be the match to electrocute the sports world into a frenzy of excitement following months of quarantine and disappointment.
Gives me chills every time I hear/see this. #MikeTyson pic.twitter.com/11WZORZklY
— Henry Enriquez (@henry_enriquez3) July 24, 2020
We will absolutely be tuning in on fight-night, and we cannot wait to see Iron Mike make his long-awaited return.