Following months of anticipation, Mike Tyson ended his 15-year hiatus from boxing as he took on Roy Jones Jr. The two legendary fighters put forth an entertaining match, where both showed glimpses of their former self. Following the bout, Tyson didn’t hesitate to voice what lies ahead of him in the squared circle.
Mike Tyson has impressive showing in return to the ring
In Mike Tyson’s first fight in 15 years, there was no method toward predicting how he would perform or how the match would transpire.
The 54-year-old worked himself into boxing shape over the last several months, including dropping 100 pounds. All the work paid off as the former heavyweight champion looked sharp in his return. Tyson showed some impressive speed and power that took a toll on Roy Jones Jr. throughout the eight two-minute rounds.
There was never a moment that Jones was near a knockdown, but Tyson’s punches wore him down. The fight’s circumstances with a smaller ring worked more in his favor as it cut down space and the energy needed to work through a match.
Tyson gathered control in the later rounds while he outlanded Jones 67-37 in total landed punches. The fact that both fighters at their age worked through eight rounds was nothing short of extraordinary.
Although many believed Tyson accomplished enough to win the fight, the ruling resulted in a draw. Following the match, Tyson made his boxing future quite clear.
Mike Tyson’s vow following his comeback fight
The comeback attempt after 15 years was nothing short of successful for Mike Tyson.
Tyson did show his age as expected but demonstrated plenty of power and speed that would indicate he could more than handle another match. Following his return to the ring against Roy Jones Jr., the 54-year-old voiced that he would be back in the right for another exhibition fight. (H/T ESPN)
“I could’ve done everything better,” Tyson said. “Everything I was doing I could’ve done it better, so God willing, I’ll be better the next exhibition.”
Tyson demonstrated every bit the part of holding the ability to go through another match. Although the circumstances were adjusted to a smaller ring and shorter rounds, his body and physical strength held up throughout the fight.
There is no reason to believe he can’t prepare himself for another match if he’s given the proper time to allow his body to recuperate. The next step in the coming months will be to find an opponent.
A rematch against Roy Jones Jr. looks unlikely
Following the draw result between the two legendary fighters, the conversation went directly toward a potential rematch.
Mike Tyson gave an immediate answer voicing a strong desire to fight again, but Roy Jones Jr. indicated that it might be a one-and-done situation as he said he’d have to talk to his family first about the situation. (H/T Evening Standard)
“We got to do this again,” he said. “Everybody loves Mike, I love Mike too.
“I’ll go talk to my family, see how they feel about it. If they thought they enjoyed what they saw, then if we want to do it again, we’ll come back and do it again.”
Jones did voice that he would welcome another fight, but his comments concerning the impact Tyson’s punches had on him said enough. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the two fighters go another match, but much would have to be worked out.