Mike Tyson won’t receive a penny for his boxing comeback as he insists his purse will be donated to charity.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed the heavyweight legend will fight Roy Jones Jr in November in a so-called ‘exhibition’ – 15 years after his final appearance in the ring.
‘Iron Mike’ hung up his gloves after his defeat to Kevin McBride and his post-fight career took a downward turn before he turned his life around.
Now he’s in the shape of his life, while his rival referred to them as ‘freaks’ as both roll back the years.
Boxing made bothe men rich, while Tyson transcended boxing and at one point was the most famous sportsman on the planet.
However, he’s not going to be getting rich from this comeback. “It’s going to be for various charities,” he told TMZ Sports.
“Nobody has to ever worry about me getting rich, or getting jealous, or saying I’m doing [the comeback] for money.
“I’m not getting anything. I just feel good doing this because I can.”
The bout is expected to make a small fortune as it will be available in the UK on BT Sport Box Office.
There was even a suggestion Tyson turned down £16million for a bare-knuckle fight.
The 54-year-old reportedly blew his estimated £320m fortune at the height of his partying as he racked up a colossal £18m debt.
However, he’s since paid off his debts, but revealed how much happier he is without his vast sums of cash as it ‘stops vultures taking money off him.’
“I’m happy I don’t have money anymore, I don’t have any money,” he said in July.
“‘Cause no one can take anything from me anymore. There are no vultures. Nobody out there trying to take anything from me. So I’m just happy.”
Tyson has undergone a fierce training regim to get himself fighting fit and he recently said he weighs what he did when in his teens.
“I’m really happy with everything I’ve been doing, it’s down to confidence and self affirmation,” he said.
“It’s amazing, I’m just ready to do this. I can’t explain it in words.
“I’m going to go as long as this is working. My legend is going to be that I gave a lot more than I took.
On his ballooning weight, though, he has previously admitted: “At one time I was just 90lbs over weight. I was doing cocaine, I was drinking and I said, Allah, if he can stop me from being this way, I’ll change my whole life.
“And eventually, I got married, my life started to change, and I started working out.
“My brother-in-law said, ‘hey listen. I know you don’t want to fight, but would you fight Bob Sapp?
“Somebody wants to offer you a lot of money to fight him. I said, ‘get out of here, I told you I don’t want to fight anymore.
“And then I thought about it in my mind and went ‘ding’ – I said I would fight [Sapp under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules] and for some reason, it went from Bob Sapp to somebody else, and this guy, and the next thing you know, I’m fighting Roy Jones Jr. I don’t know how this happened.
“I’m just very grateful that I’m not living the life that I was living before. Allah has blessed for me to be able to do this.
“I’m in great shape, but I’m going to get in better condition.”