Los Angeles, California - Do call it a comeback! Mike Tyson is back and set to battle Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition on September 12.
The 54-year-old former heavyweight champion will step into the ring for the first time in fifteen years and he couldn't be more grateful.
"Forgive me for being a little sentimental," Tyson told reporters from his training facility, "I'm just so thankful for the chance to legally punch someone in the face again. It's been so long."
Tyson acknowledged that he has technically punched out dozens of sparring partners in recent years, but that it is not as gratifying in the gym.
"It's just different, you know," Tyson said. "There's nothing like punching someone in the face in front of a massive crowd and being paid for it. I can't wait."
The exhibition will be held in California and available for pay-per-view. There will be no live audience in attendance due to COVID-19.
Reports suggest that Iron Mike is unaware that there will be no crowd as no one in the Tyson camp has volunteered to tell him.
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