FANS WILL have to wait longer to see Mike Tyson take to the ring in his comeback fight after his bout with Roy Jones Jr scheduled to take place on September 12 was postponed.
The two boxing legends were poised to clash in a special eight-round exhibition fight next month but the California-based pay-per-view event, billed as ‘Frontline Battle’, and slated to be streamed on Triller, has now been pushed back. According to The Ring, the bout will instead take place in another two months, on November 28.
The main reason for the postponement, according to reports, is because Tyson’s representatives feel a rescheduling could bring extra revenue. Jones and his team did not contest this move, meaning all parties are in agreement for the bout to go ahead as at the new date. Tyson’s highly-anticipated comeback at the ripe old age of 54 was announced a while back after ‘Iron’ Mike got himself in some incredible fighting shape.
Evander Holyfield, Tyson’s counterpart from the same epoch of greatness, was touted as his challenger for the exhibition before Jones was eventually confirmed as his first opponent, last month. The fight promises to be an interesting spectacle for all involved, not least boxing fans.
The set of rules which will govern the bout are substantially different, with the duo said to wear heavier gloves and no judges scoring the fight. Speaking last month, California State Athletic Commission executive director, Andy Forster, stated:
“This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off. They’re just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see [them].”