27 November 2020 22:31

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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: what time does the boxing fight start - and how to watch it on TV in the UK

In the 15 years Iron Mike has been retired, I never expected the battered and broken man Danny Williams and Kevin McBride lay waste to in his last two fights to ever come back. Yet here we are, a 54-year old Tyson a day away from squaring off against a 51-year old Roy Jones in a fight no one is quite sure what to make of. On Saturday, Tyson and Jones will meet in an empty Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles in an eight-round exhibition fans can watch on pay-per-view. In 2003, Jones, the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, jumped up from light heavyweight to beat John Ruiz, claiming a piece of the heavyweight title. "When you get a call from Mike Tyson's team saying Mike wants to fight you—that's bucket list material," Jones said.

"Everywhere I go in life, the first thing a young kid would ask me is, 'Hey, have you ever fought Mike Tyson?' I don't know why, but they always ask me that. Indeed, Tyson and Jones will fight … we think. "You have Mike Tyson and Roy Jones," Tyson said. Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr face off in an exhibition match in Los Angeles. Tyson vs Jones Jr (8 x 2 minute rounds, heavyweight) During any other calendar year, Saturday's heavyweight exhibition match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. would feel as normal as a zombie apocalypse.

"Who goes in the ring with the great, legendary Mike Tyson and thinks this is an exhibition?" Jones said during the October teleconference to promote the fight. Jones (66-9, 47 KOs), who was active as a professional as recently as 2018, has repeatedly said during interviews that he's not only going for a knockout, he's willing to fight for his life inside the ring against the naturally larger Tyson should the bout call for it. "Listen, I don't know what's not a real fight," Tyson said. "You have Mike Tyson and Roy Jones. Although the 51-year-old Jones is naturally smaller than Tyson, having won world titles between 160 and 175 pounds throughout his prime, he did shock the world in 2003 by moving up to heavyweight in a one-off to outpoint John Ruiz and claim the WBA title.

The aftermath led to brief talks about Jones potentially facing a then-faded Tyson for big money, but the fight never came together. "When you get a call that says Mike Tyson wants to fight you, that's bucket list material," Jones said. "How can you say, at a time when we are going through COVID and everybody is faced with adversity, why wouldn't you want to be someone who gives people something to look forward to?" Jones said. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr are returning to the ring for an exhibition fight this weekend. The fight between 54-year-old Tyson and 51-year-old Jones has an intriguing set of rules laid down and it appears nobody really knows exactly what's going to happen.

GETTY 13 Mike Tyson will take on Roy Jones Jr in California on Saturday night "So I'm gonna have to go with Tyson but it wouldn't surprise me if Roy Jones Jr pulled something off like he always has in his career." Haye said: "Roy Jones for eight, two-minute rounds or whatever they are boxing. WATCH: Ahead of comeback fight against 'Iron' Mike Tyson, relive Roy Jones Jr's vicious knockout of Art Serwano from 1992 Lewis told BT Sport: "I didn't feel we would ever see Mike Tyson back in the ring. Everybody loves Mike Tyson, everybody loves Roy Jones and they just want to see them in the ring again. Roy Jones is one of the quickest fighters out there when he was fighting. "Until Mike Tyson catches up with him – if he catches up with him, we're gonna see a good fight." Lopez said: "Roy Jones or Mike Tyson? Hatton told talkSPORT: "It's going to be a great clash of styles, a great clash of personalities and there are just so many questions; what happens if Tyson lands that right because it could be Roy Jones over? Bellew told talkSPORT: "I've been a fan of Roy Jones Jr and spent time around the two of them. I idolised Mike Tyson as a kid growing up and, in my humble opinion, Roy Jones Jr's the greatest boxer to ever lace up gloves. "If they go power to power, I know Mike Tyson has the advantage there and can beat him, but also Roy Jones has the speed and what would happen if he could catch Mike? "But for Mike Tyson it's like, 'This is what I do, I'm a fighter by nature.' Fury told iFL TV before the fight was announced: "I'm all for Mike making a comeback and I've said to him, fulfil that dream, do it. Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: what time does the boxing fight start - and how to watch it on TV in the UK Former world boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson makes a return to the ring this weekend. Boxing greats Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr are preparing to lace up their gloves one more time for an exhibition fight in Los Angeles. When is the Tyson vs Jones Jr fight? Tyson and Jones Jr top the billing so aren't expected to enter the ring until 4/5am on Sunday 29 November UK time. Where can I watch Tyson vs Jones Jr? What are the rules to Tyson vs Jones Jr?

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