Mike Tyson explains decision to return to the boxing ring for 8-round exhibition match

BY: KELLY MCCARTHY

(MINNEAPOLIS) — Mike Tyson is stepping back into the boxing ring this September for the first time in 15 years.

On Thursday, the former undisputed heavyweight champ announced his return on Twitter, along with a video previewing the matchup with Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson, 54, will square up with Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match on Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

I. AM. BACK. #legendsonlyleague. September 12th vs @RealRoyJonesJr on #Triller and PPV #frontlinebattle @TysonLeague pic.twitter.com/eksSfdjDzK

— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 23, 2020

“Iron Mike” joined ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday and explained his decision for the big return.

.@MikeTyson’s comeback training has been intense 👀 pic.twitter.com/4vbWIHUCrL

— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) July 23, 2020

“It’s because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it, too,” Tyson told ESPN. “Just because we are 54, it doesn’t mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I’m sure that other people feel the same way.”

He continued, “I never took that many punches. After the last fight I had, I left and I lived my life, and I’ve been through some experiences, and now I’m back here. I feel like I took better care of my body and my state of mind than most of the fighters before me that retired and came back.”

Tyson’s workouts have gone viral, but @RealRoyJonesJr has been in the gym too 🥊 pic.twitter.com/wEeyWYvUHr

— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) July 23, 2020

Jones, 51, was considered the most brilliant boxer in the sport and defeated Scott Sigmon in his last professional appearance in February 2018.

When asked by ESPN about the risk that he and Jones could face at their ages, Tyson didn’t seem concerned.

“We’re both accomplished fighters, we know how to take care of ourselves,” he said. “It’s an eight-round exhibition. And, listen, we’ll be all right. Trust me, we can take care of ourselves.”

Tyson’s workouts have gone viral, but @RealRoyJonesJr has been in the gym too 🥊 pic.twitter.com/wEeyWYvUHr

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