Former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. is adamant that even at this age, Mike Tyson can still fight with anyone.
The two legends fought an exhibition fight this past weekend in Los Angeles with the fight ending in a draw. “Iron” Mike hasn’t fought since 2005 when he retired from professional boxing.
The 51-year-old Jones, on the other hand, fought until 2018. Even though it wasn’t a real fight, Tyson outworked Roy throughout the whole fight and he deserved the win if it really mattered.
After the fight, Jones said he was the winner, but he gave props to the one and only Mike Tyson.
“Of course, everybody’s always gonna feel like they won the fight,” Jones said. “I thought I won the fight, I thought I jabbed, moved around, and kind of controlled the pace better. But I took a draw with Mike Tyson, how could you get mad about that?” Jones said.
“He’s throwing more power punches anyway, I’m throwing more jabs and other punches, he landed more power punches, so it could go either way. I’m cool with the draw. I hear him talking about how he wants to do it again, but he’s a big ol’ dude. He weighed 220, but he’s more massive than 220, trust me.
Tyson,54, is planning to continue forward with more exhibition fights.
“Mike can fight anybody if he just keeps going and stays in shape like he’s doing now. Because it surprised me that he was able to go them eight rounds like that, so with him going eight rounds as strong as he was, he’s capable of fighting anybody. Truthfully, people are going to have problems getting out of the first couple of rounds with him. That was the hardest part is getting past them first two or three rounds,” Jones said.
“If he catches you, you’re gonna have problems. Like I said, I was feeling everything, so I now that he’s a really exceptional puncher still and he can do anything he wants to do. For him, it makes sense to do it a smart way, but he can do anything he want to do.”