Boxing legend Mike Tyson is returning to the ring at 54.
Thursday afternoon, Tyson announced he would officially be making a comeback in September, scheduling an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr.
The pair of legendary boxers are set to fight in an eight-round exhibition on September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California as part of his newly-announced Legends Only League.
“Iron Mike” is considered one of the most dominant boxers in the sport’s history, finishing his first year as a professional boxer with an undefeated 15-0 record, all wins coming via knockout. All-time, Tyson has a 50-6 career record, with 44 wins coming by way of knockout, with his last fight being in 2005.
Jones Jr., another World Champion in the sport, has an all-time record of 66-9. His last bout came against Scott Sigmon in 2018.
Here is the first official promo for the return of two boxing legends:
Why is Tyson returning to the ring?
“Because I can do it,” he said in an interview with Max Kellerman of ESPN. “I can do it, and I believe other people believe they can do it too. Just because we’re 54, that don’t mean we have to start a new career and our life is totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I’m sure other people feel the same way.”
When being compared to some of the other legendary boxers who came out of retirement to fight, namely Muhammad Ali, Tyson said he’s different than those that have come before him.
Despite being 54 years old, he still feels capable of putting forth an exciting fight for fans to watch Tyson vs Jones .
“I feel like I’ve taken better care of my body than other fighters before me that retired and came back,” he said. “The name of the game is to get our fans excited and see us again.”