Roy Jones Jr. Says He “Made a Mistake” By Agreeing to a Fight with Mike Tyson

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It appears that former light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. is second-guessing his decision to face boxing legend Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight later this year. Speaking about the fight in a recent interview with Sports Insider, Jones said that he “made a mistake” when he accepted the bout.

Jones and Tyson were originally scheduled to fight in September, but the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic made the promotors to postpone the fight. The two are now set to meet in the ring on 28th November, with the organizers hoping that a later date will enable them to have a larger audience at the event.

And while this means that the fighters will have extra time to prepare, it also made Jones think more about what he’s getting himself into.

“He’s still Mike Tyson. He’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring,” said Jones. “If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy. He’s the explosive guy.”

It didn’t help that Tyson seems to take this fight seriously, despite the fact that its an exhibition duel that should be physical as regular boxing bouts.

“We’re throwing punches at each other. This is going to be my definition of fun … broken eye sockets, broken jaw, broken rib. That’s fun to me,” said Tyson recently.

Over the course of his career, Roy Jones Jr. had 75 fights and compiled a 66-9 record, including 47 wins by knockout. He retired in 2018 after a win against Scott Sigmon.

Mike Tyson, on the other hand, has a 50-6 record and 44 wins by a knockout. His last fight was a loss against Kevin McBride in 2005.