Did Mike Tyson See Fear in Roy Jones Jr.’s Eyes? ‘Iron Mike’ Answers

Published 02/02/2021, 5:00 PM EST
ATLANTIC CITY – AUGUST 17,1986: Mike Tyson looks to take a punch to Jose Ribalta during a bout at Trump Plaza Hotel on August 17, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Mike Tyson defeated Jose Ribalta TKO 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


Heavyweight stalwart Mike Tyson set an example for the world by staging his return against Roy Jones Jr. in a special exhibition fight.

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Despite being well into his dotage, Tyson appeared sharp and seemingly outclassed Roy Jones Jr. in the fight that later turned out to be a draw.

Tyson dominated the fight and didn’t let Jones Jr. infuse much damage. So, it propelled the boxing world to enquire whether Tyson saw fear in Roy Jones Jr. eyes. In his latest podcast with Teofimo Lopez Jr., Mike Tyson opened up about his outlook on the fight.

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Answering Teofimo Lopez Sr’s question of sensing fear, Tyson declared, “I am just happy that we made some money to help people.”

While Lopez Sr. tried to instigate Tyson by recalling his prime, the heavyweight legend didn’t talk ill of Roy Jones Jr. Instead, he displayed just how much respect he had for the champion and didn’t pass a scratchy remark.

Following the fight, both the legends were pretty confident about going into a re-match somewhere down the line. Mike Tyson promised to accept more exhibition fights in the future, and Jones Jr. hinted at discussing it with his family before making the last statement.

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What’s next for Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.?

Mike Tyson is seemingly keeping busy with a number of business ventures, including a podcast. If he decides to return again, it will expand his list of tasks for the coming days.

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Starting from his cannabis ranch to television appearances, Mike Tyson seems to stay there for the fans. Meanwhile, Roy Jones Jr. is a boxing trainer and has his own business ventures to look after. So, he will always be relevant to the sport, irrespective of a return.

MASHANTUCKET, CT – AUGUST 16: Roy Jones Jr. during his match against Eric Watkins in the season two finale of NUVOtvs Knockout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on August 16, 2015 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Jones won by a knockout in the sixth round. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images for NUVOtv)

A few days ago, he called out Macaulay McGowan for a fight. But it ended as mere social media banter. So, we cannot predict immediate action from the former champion; however, if it happens, it will thrill the fans to see one of the best fighters to strap up yet again.

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Do you think Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. 2 will ever happen?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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