Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Odds: Will fans be treated to a "real" fight on Sept. 12?
At age 54, former undisputed heavyweight champion Iron Mike Tyson "refuses to go gentle into that good night".
The Brownsville, Brooklyn native announced on Monday that he would indeed make his triumphant return to the squared circle. Although the special event will be in the form of a "controlled", 8 round exhibition against fellow ring legend Roy Jones Jr., many observers wonder if they will see a glimpse of the former "baddest man on the planet" once again.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 12th, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, and will be available for live viewing on "Triller" for an undisclosed one time cost, in which all proceeds will go to charity.
While both fighters insist they will not enter the "competitive sparring session" looking for a knock-out, fans shouldn't be surprised if the proud ring legends let their egos take over after the first clean punch lands. Both men genuinely believe they have yet to leave everything in the ring.
Critics are understandably skeptical, but Tyson and Jones are not looking to embarrass themselves on September 12th.
"I never took that many punches," Iron Mike recently told ESPN. "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."
Even though most experts admittedly don't know what to expect in just 50 short days, most Race and Sports Books feature Tyson as the slight betting favorite.
Despite slight variations, most Books feature Mike Tyson as a greater than 2 to 1 betting favorite (-225), with Roy Jones Jr. listed as a competitive 2 to 1 betting underdog (+200).
"Tyson is a hell of a specimen still," Jones (51) said to ESPN. "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."
For avid fight fans who were never able to see both Tyson and Jones compete in the ring live, the unique undertaking should be a genuine treat...even after both fighters have surpassed the half century mark.
With both fighters being over 50 years of age, many critics of the event have genuine health concerns for the two former champions.
Iron Mike insists the apprehension isn't merited.
"We're both accomplished fighters, we know how to take care of ourselves," Tyson said to ESPN. "It's an eight-round exhibition. And, listen, we'll be all right. Trust me, we can take care of ourselves."
Although no one expects either man to realistically compete against the current crop of young heavyweight contenders anytime soon, all-time great pugilist Bernard Hopkins warns the top men of the division to "judge slowly and beware".
"In this era, Mike has a chance of being undisputed heavyweight champion of the world," Hopkins recently told FightHub TV. "That's not taking anything away from Joshua, Wilder or Fury. With his knowledge, getting in condition was the only thing Mike Tyson really needed."
"Give him two or three fights, and he has a puncher's chance in any given fight. With Mike's power and knowledge, he always has a chance. There are some heavyweights who are hoping he doesn't come back."
While chances of a comeback are highly unlikely, seeing Mike Tyson back in the ring should be a sight for sore eyes to most long-standing boxing fans.
"Tyson vs. Jones" will take place on Saturday, September 12th, 2020, via Triller.
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