In spite of everything these years, Roy Jones Jr. is getting his want.

Jones will face Mike Tyson on Sept. 12 in an eight-round exhibition boxing match in California, which has been dubbed “Frontline Battle,” on pay-per-view.

Jones, 51, at all times has needed to combat Tyson, however the stars by no means aligned. Jones, the previous heavyweight titleholder, had most of his success as a cruiserweight, middleweight and lightweight heavyweight, however would have caught round at heavyweight when he gained the WBA title in 2003 if he had the possibility to combat Tyson.

Nonetheless, Tyson retired shortly after.

Tyson, 54, has been teasing a comeback for some time, trying in phenomenal form in coaching movies on social media. However regardless of that, Jones admits that the information of Tyson’s comeback was surprising, and he’s ecstatic to get the chance to combat him, even when it’s 17 years later.

“Too laborious to withstand, too unbelievable to withstand, an excessive amount of of a blessing to withstand” Jones informed MMA Junkie on Monday. “After I gained the heavyweight title, I informed them the one different individual I’d combat as a heavyweight was Mike Tyson. If Mike Tyson didn’t need to combat, I used to be going again right down to gentle heavyweight. From what I obtained … was that he was by way of with boxing, he didn’t need to field no extra, so I left and went again to gentle heavyweight. I didn’t stick round, however to have him come out now and say, ‘OK, I need to come again. Guess what? You needed it, you get your alternative.’ I’m like, ‘Sure.’”

California State Athletic Fee govt officer Andy Foster lately mentioned that the general public can’t be mislead into believing it is a actual combat. However Jones says it gained’t be any totally different than in the event that they had been to have fought in 2003, and he expects Tyson to return out with the identical ruthless power that has led to 44 knockouts in his 50 profession wins.

“No totally different,” Jones mentioned. “I imply, the primary three rounds, he’s gonna be harmful. He was like that in his prime. He’s like that now. He’s a man that may knock you out from Spherical 1 to Spherical 12, so within the eighth spherical he’ll nonetheless be harmful. But when you may get the fatigue issue to set in, you then obtained a greater likelihood. So for me, I obtained to attempt to work off the second half of the combat extra so than I work off the primary half.”

He continued, “Mike is aware of a method – kill. That’s all he is aware of. Destruction and destroy. That’s all he understands, so my mindset is I higher be prepared once I go in between these ropes. One factor my dad’s taught me, he mentioned, ‘When you’re going to kill a fly, you kill a fly with an axe, not a fly swatter.’”