Mike Tyson will make an eagerly-awaited return to boxing tonight – with talkSPORT bringing you live coverage of the momentous event.
Some 15 years on since retiring, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ will lace up his gloves once more against a fellow legend of the sport, Roy Jones Jr, in an exhibition bout.
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, Tyson has been showing off his incredible body transformation and looks in prime condition despite turning 54 years old in June.
Jones Jr, a former heavyweight world champion himself, is 51 but has remained active in his later years, and was last in action in February 2018 when he beat Scott Sigmon in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
Tyson vs Jones Jr: When is it?
- Tyson and Jones Jr will face off tonight, on Saturday, November 28
- It is taking place at the Los Angeles’ Staples Centre, California
- The undercard is expected to start at 1am in the UK on Sunday morning
- The main event between Tyson and Jones is set to get under way between 4am and 5am in the UK
Tyson vs Jones Jr: How to follow on talkSPORT
- talkSPORT has the live radio rights to the fight
- Our free coverage will get under way at 3am
- You can listen through our app HERE
- You can also listen through the website HERE, or through the radio player below
Tyson vs Jones Jr: How to watch
- The fight will be shown on BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £19.95
- Their live coverage will get under way at 1am
- The first hour of the event (between 1am and 2am) will be available for all BT Sport subscribers to watch without additional charge on BT Sport 1 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app
- You can live stream the fight through BT Sport online HERE
- The social media site Triller will also be airing the fight
Tyson vs Jones Jr: What are the rules?
As an exhibition bout, this is not taking place under the same rules as a usual fight and it will not be included on their professional records.
Organisers insist knockouts are allowed but the referee, Ray Corona, has been told to halt it if either man suffers a bad cut.
- It will be contested over eight, two-minute rounds
- No headguards will be worn
- The fighters will be wearing larger 12-ounce gloves
- Technically the fight can only be stopped if there is a knockout, but the referee has been told to halt it if a cut appears
- The WBC will be remotely scoring the fight with the winner awarded a special ‘Frontline Battle Belt’
- The result will not count on either man’s professional record
Tyson vs Jones Jr: Undercard
The undercard will involve several exhibition fights.
Youtuber Jack Paul will take on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson while former two-weight world champion Badou Jack will also be in action.
London’s Viddal Riley, who has played a key role in the string of Youtube boxing fights in recent years, will also be facing UFC fighter Rashad Coulter at the event.
- Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr, WBC Frontline Championship
- Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, cruiserweight
- Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, light heavyweight
- Hasim Rahman Jr vs. Rashad Coulter, cruiserweights
- Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright, lightweight
- Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez, featherweight
- Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones, heavyweight
Tyson vs Jones Jr: Tale of the Tape
Tyson weighed in LIGHTER for his fight against Jones Jr than when he became the youngest-ever heavyweight champion in 1986.
He tipped the scales at 15st 10lbs – less than when he toppled Trevor Berbick to be crowned WBC belt aged just 20.
Jones Jr, who fought most of his career at light-heavyweight, came in at his heaviest ever at 15st dead on.
Tale of the Tape
Tyson – Jones Jr
Age: 54 – 51
Hometown: New York City – Pensacola, Florida
Record: 50/6/0 (44 KOs) – 66/9/0 (47 KOs)
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) – 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Style: Orthodox – Orthodox
Recognition: Former undisputed heavyweight champion – Former undisputed light heavyweight and WBA heavyweight champion
Tyson vs Jones Jr: What has been said?
Jones Jr has said he’s contemplated dying in his showdown with Mike Tyson but says he would ‘die a happy man’.
‘Captain Hook’ said: “You get hit by Mike Tyson, anything can happen to you. Mike Tyson is not just an ordinary puncher. He’s one of those guys who can do just that to you.
“So you should know what you’re going into and you should be ready for that because this Mike.
“For me, I don’t really give a damn. I fight for a living. I’ll be ready to die for my sport. I ain’t tripping at all because I know that death is a probability. That can happen to anybody.
“And I know it can happen to me even more going in there with somebody as dangerous as Mike Tyson. Problem with me is – why I love what I love and I do what I do is because I love boxing.
“So if I’ve gotta die boxing I’m gonna die a happy man.”
Tyson, meanwhile, has said: “I think Roy can handle getting slapped around a little bit. It’s going to be really hot in that kitchen.
“I’m pitching punches, everything else is up to Roy. If I am running anywhere, I am running right at him.”