Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has decided to step out of retirement after 15 years of inactivity. He will face another boxing legend, the man who won titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight - Roy Jones Jr., ESPN reports.
The retirees will shake off the rust in an eight-round exhibition that is set for September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
"It is because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too. Just because we are 54, it does not mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I am sure that other people feel the same way. I never took that many punches. After the last fight I had, I left and I lived my life, and I have been through some experiences, and now I am back here. I feel like I took better care of my body and my state of mind than most of the fighters before me that retired and came back," Tyson stated.
Jones Jr., meanwhile, is eager to test himself against one of the boxing's most ferocious and intimidating specimens to ever step inside the ring.
"I have been trying to enjoy retirement, but people do not seem to want to let me retire. They keep calling me, telling me that Mike wants to come back, and that you would be a great opponent for Mike. We always wanted to see it, but I would have preferred it back then. Tyson is a hell of a specimen still. Still a problem to deal with. But at the same time, life is life, you only live once. You want to know what it is like, you go in there and see. You still gotta see it," he noted.
The bout will be broadcasted on pay-per-view as well as multimedia platform Triller.
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian boxer Sergiy Derevyanchenko will challenge American Jermall Charlo for his WBC middleweight title on September 26.