Over the last few months, the hype around Mike Tyson’s potential in-ring return reached an all-time high. Things finally came to fruition with Tyson announcing his official comeback bout against former heavyweight champion Roy Jr. The pieces are in place for him to make his long-awaited match, but the 53-year-old has pushed back the fight date for a particular reason.
Mike Tyson finally confirms comeback
Following weeks of hinting at a comeback, Mike Tyson made it official last month by agreeing to fight former heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr.
Tyson had many fans riled up by his recent commitment to getting back to working out in the boxing gym. The 53-year-old worked himself into tremendous physical shape along with showing some impressive speed for his age. That led to much chatter around who he could face in his comeback attempt with many different names thrown out as possibilities.
Throughout the process, Tyson never wavered in his desire to get back into the squared circle by suggesting he would fight anybody. The only criteria he voiced was that it had to be the right match for charity. Things had quieted down for a few weeks but finally came together last month facing another former heavyweight champion.
Jones Jr. has won his last four fights that include winning the vacant WBU cruiserweight title. The 51-year-old is still a significant name in the boxing realm as he has remained around the sport since his last fight. During the prime of his career, Jones Jr. was considered one of the sports best boxers winning titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight.
Mike Tyson elects to push back fight date
Mike Tyson’s comeback fight is finally set in stone with a premier opponent being another all-time great.
However, things have taken an interesting route as Tyson’s team has elected to push back the fight to November 28th to garner more revenue for the bout, according to Ryan O’Hara of RingTv.com.
According to sources speaking exclusively to The Ring on Sunday afternoon, the highly-anticipated eight-round event has been moved to November 28th.
The bout is still expected to take place at a crowdless Dignity Health Park in Carson, California. The fight will be broadcast on pay-per-view as well as multimedia platform Triller, which is currently producing a 10-part docu-series.
Sources say that the fight was moved because Tyson’s team felt they could maximize revenue by rescheduling. A meeting was held between both sides recently, and Jones approved of the switch.
The move allows the two fighters also to be better physically prepare for the bout. Jones Jr. may have fought a couple of years ago, but it’s been 15 years since Tyson’s last professional match. The extra time will help generate more means for revenue, but could also allow both boxers to put forth a better product.
Other things need to be worked out, such as the headgear that may be used. That has seen the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and the fighters go back and forth about the item. CSAC stated that they would not like require the headgear to be worn while a drug test has become part of the equation. The extra time allows for these to be handled appropriately as well.
Building more hype
Although it’s a bummer for fans to see Mike Tyson’s comeback fight be pushed back to a later date, it will only bring more promotion to the event.
Many are clamoring to see Tyson back in the ring, especially with him being in his 50s to compete in an eight-round match. Meanwhile, Roy Jones Jr. is more than a competent opponent who has his own prestigious legacy.
It may not be the route that fans want to see taken, but it may more than likely put forth a better product in the squared-circle.