Mike Tyson confirms opponent for comeback fight at the age of 54

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Mike Tyson will come out of retirement at the age of 54 to take on fellow former world champion Roy Jones Jr.

The former heavyweight ruler, once the baddest man on the planet, has been flirting with a comeback over the last few months.

He has repeatedly posted video of him training in the gym and has been linked with a rematch against Evander Holyfield.

But Tyson will instead take on Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight on September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Tyson, who last fought 15 years ago when he retired on his stool against Kevin McBride, has returned to training during the coronavirus crisis.

The former heavyweight world champion had been linked with a number of opponents, including former rival Holyfield.

The pair met twice in the 1990s with Holyfield winning both bouts, including the infamous Bite Fight in which he lost part of his ear.

Tyson was also linked with former UFC stars Wanderlei Silva and Tito Ortiz as well as fellow former world boxing champion Shannon Briggs.

But it is Jones who appears to have picked the lucky ticket for a clash against the ring legend.

Jones, 51, won world titles in four weight divisions and is the only fighter in history to start his career at light-middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title.

And of a potential fight against Tyson, he said: “Yes, it’s true – Mike is a legend. It would be crazy to receive an offer to enter the ring with him and refuse.

“I had no intention of going back and fighting again but, for the sake of Mike Tyson, I agree to make an exception. For me, this is an opportunity that I cannot refuse. Of all those who wanted to go into the ring with him, he chose me. And since he did that, how can I say no?”

Jones is widely considered one of the best boxers in history, particularly due to his reign as the undisputed light-heavyweight world champion.

He continued his professional career until 2018 despite fears over his health.

Tyson, who has lost 70lb thanks to his training regime, said earlier this year: “I am in the best shape of my life. God has been merciful to me, I weigh 104kg and I feel very good.

I am preparing to help those who have been less fortunate than me and I will do so in a fight for charity.

“I will earn that money and help the homeless and addicts. I’ve been through it and I know how difficult it is.

“There are not as many people who can survive as I do.”

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