10 August 2020

Mike Tyson fight with Roy Jones Jr postponed until November as fans are warned it’s an ‘exhibition’, not a ‘real’ fight

Mike Tyson’s exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr has been delayed until November 28 in order to give both men more time to train.

Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, were due to face off on September 12 in California, but it has now been pushed back by more than two months, according to Ring Magazine.

Jones is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all-time (Zuma Press/PA Images)

US boxing fans will have to pay $49.99 to watch the bout, which is Tyson’s first in-ring action for 15 years and Jones’ first since 2018.

Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, has already told the public it is an exhibition and so will not take the form of a ‘real’ fight.

He said: "We can’t mislead the public as to this is some kind of real fight.

"They can get into it a little bit, but I don’t want people to get hurt. They know the deal. It’s an exhibition. They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other.

"They’re going to spar hard, but they shouldn’t be going for a knockout. This isn’t a record-book type of fight. This is not world championship boxing right now. It’s not what this is. People shouldn’t be getting knocked out.

"The public can see what kind of shape Roy and Mike are still in."

No judges will be scoring the contest, so the only way to win will be via knockout although it does not appear that will be allowed either under the current guidelines.

Tyson retired in 2005 with a record of 50 wins and six defeats from 56 professional contests.

Meanwhile Jones, who fought on way past his prime, hung up his gloves in 2018 after 66 wins and nine defeats.

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