Former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. admitted that he might have made the wrong decision to fight the returning Mike Tyson.
Although the match is labeled “exhibition,” both fighters talked about all-out fight, just like the old times, despite the changes in their body, speed, and power.
“He’s still Mike Tyson, and he’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring.”
“If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy, and he’s the explosive guy,” Jones said in an interview with SkySports.
However, promoters and organizers were quick to come in between as they clarified that both boxers must agree to the rules they set to keep them safe.
Tyson and Jones Jr are already past their prime, and if they are going to fight like it is a real fight, it may not happen.
Promoters are reassuring that the fight will also be an exhibit of their style and talent without getting anyone hurt as they think of both boxers’ age.
They’re about the same age. We can’t mislead the public as to this is some real fight. The exhibition can get into it slightly, but I don’t want people to get hurt. They know the deal,” said the California State Athletic Commission executive director Any Foster.
The clash between the 54-year old Tyson and 51-year old Jones was widely anticipated as they will see Tyson on the ring once again.
He was once called the Baddest Man on the Planet because of his heavyweight division’s domination.
But, fans and the exhibition participants must hold their horses because it is not a beaten-type boxing match after all.