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Mike Tyson to fight Roy Jones Jr. Sept. 12



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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson announced his comeback Thursday with a exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr.

The Sept. 12 match between Tyson and Jones will be an eight-round fight broadcast on pay-per-view.

Tyson has a 50-6 record and is confident about the fight as he explained on ESPN’s First Take.

“It is because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too,” Tyson said. “Just because we are 54. It doesn’t 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’m 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’ve been through some experiences, and now I’m 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.”

Jones, 51, expressed interest in fighting Tyson before he agreed to the exhibition match and explained his reasons for coming out of retirement.

“I’ve been trying to enjoy retirement, but people don’t seem to want to let me retire,” Jones told ESPN. “They keep calling me, telling me that Mike wants to come back, and that you’d be a great opponent for Mike.

“We always wanted to see it, but I would’ve 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’s like, you go in there and see. You still gotta see it.”

Tyson last fought in 2005 when he was defeated by  Kevin McBride in six rounds.

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