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Sport Tyson plans fast start in ring return at 54 against Jones

01:30  28 november  2020
01:30  28 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The 54 -year-old has not fought since 2005 while his 51-year-old opponent for the September bout hung up his gloves in 2018.

Mike Tyson , the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, said Thursday he will make a comeback at age 54 , fighting Roy Jones Jr. on On his Legends Only League website, Tyson announced the eight-round exhibition bout against Jones , a 51-year-old fighter who briefly held the

Mike Tyson says he never imagined as a heavyweight boxing champion that he would climb into the ring with Roy Jones Jr. at age 54 as he does on Saturday.

Mike Tyson wearing a blue shirt: Mike Tyson returns to boxing at age 54 on saturday with an eight-round fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. at Los Angeles © James Gilbert Mike Tyson returns to boxing at age 54 on saturday with an eight-round fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. at Los Angeles

Fifteen years after retiring with a 2005 loss to journeyman Kevin McBride, Tyson makes a comeback after dropping 100 pounds and returning to training.

"I didn't think I'd live that long. It was so intense," Tyson said Friday in a news conference ahead of the eight-round fight in Los Angeles.

"Me just existing is a success."

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(AP) — Mike Tyson is coming back to boxing at age 54 . The former heavyweight champion will meet four -division champion Roy Jones Jr. in an Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when he won the title in 1986 at age 20 and for a time was the most feared fighter in boxing.

Mike Tyson is coming back to boxing at age 54 . The former heavyweight champion will meet four -division champion Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round He has occasionally teased a return with workout videos and it's finally scheduled to happen. Jones , 51, won titles in the middleweight, super

Tyson said his hunger has returned 15 years after finishing his career.

"I don't know who I was then. I'm just very comfortable with who I am now," Tyson said. "My last fight, I didn't have no interest in it. I'm interested now."

Roy Jones Jr. wearing a suit and tie: Boxer Roy Jones Jr., 51, will face Mike Tyson, 54, in an eight-round bout Saturday at Los Angeles © Randy Shropshire Boxer Roy Jones Jr., 51, will face Mike Tyson, 54, in an eight-round bout Saturday at Los Angeles

Tyson, 50-6 with 44 knockouts, plans to take the fight to 51-year-old Jones, 66-9 with 47 knockouts, from the start.

"I'm just going to go right at him at the bell and see what happens," Tyson said. "It's going to be entertaining. He's a fighter. I'm a fighter. We're in there throwing punches. Anything can happen."

Jones, whose last fight was a 2018 cruiserweight victory, plans to take some time to sort out how much of "Iron Mike" remains in Tyson.

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Mike Tyson continues to put in work ahead of his November 28 bout with Roy Jones Jr. Mike says happiness to him is dying in a grueling promo for a docuseries following his journey.

Mike Tyson is coming back to boxing at age 54 . Jones , 51, won titles in the middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight before moving up to win the heavyweight title in 2003, becoming the first former middleweight champion to do so in 106 years.

"I want to come out early, figure out my ways to attack him. He's very dangerous when he's at his distance," Jones said.

"He knows my combinations, but not the speed or velocity. He won't be knowing how I'm throwing them.

"We both want to beat each other up."

Asked how hard he can punch, Tyson replied, "We're going to see" and said he's ready to adapt if Jones attacks quickly -- "I'm going to Plan B - punch him back."

Tyson ruled the heavyweight division in the late 1980s and struggled through the 1990s after a stunning upset loss to Buster Douglas, a rape conviction and two losses to Evander Holyfield that included biting a chunk out of his rival's ear.

"I'm struggling like everyone else," Tyson said. "I'm learning from life's mistakes."

Tyson lost his last world title fight to Lennox Lewis in 2002 and faded from the scene before a desire to get back into shape evolved into more.

"If I didn't have the same dedication I wouldn't have lost the weight," Tyson said. "You don't bring age to the table. You bring your energy.

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At 54 , Mike Tyson is getting back in the ring .

"It's incredible I can still do this."

His "100-pound process" began with 15 minutes a day on a treadmill that grew into two hours and led to hitting gloves and sparring sessions.

"The first day was disastrous." Tyson said, but found while he was "getting shellacked" he realized, "I belong here."

"To some degree, it tells me I'm a fool," Tyson said. "The other side tells me I can do it.

"I'll never call another fighter a bum again. The process to get in shape to fight somebody is psychologically overwhelming if you're not a boxer.

"This is fun. Right now. Everything else I've gone through is hell."

- 'Time humbles you' -

Tyson finds himself a family man who has a place in life for boxing, not a fighter whose life revolves around battles as it once did.

"This is a part of my life I threw away. It doesn't have the appeal it once had," Tyson said.

"Time humbles you. You want to see your children grow. I want to involve myself in my friends and family."

That's why he hopes staging over-age athlete events has a feature with his Legends Only League.

"God willing, the sky is the limit," he said.

Jones has more modest goals, including a fight with 45-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts star Anderson Silva.

"If this goes well, I'm almost positive that will be next," Jones said. "A success would be to look good, not to get caught with nothing stupid. A success would be me being me."

Jones surprised himself at how ready he is to fight.

"I can't believe I'm able to maintain my speed at 51. It shocks me. It's the craziest thing," Jones said. "The aches and pains are there. You have to have the mental strength to overcome the adversity."

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