Mike Tyson spoke to Dan Patrick on the show of the same name ahead of his highly anticipated exhibition match. The legendary former champion is set to fight Roy Jones Jr. in California on September 12. The exhibition bout is scheduled for 8 rounds, with certain restrictions being set in place for the aging icons in the sport of boxing.
Although both fighters are into their 50s, the fan reception to the booking was drummed up greatly. Not to mention, the aforementioned boxers have built a stable of loyal fans throughout their storied career. ‘Iron’ Mike is expected to come out all guns blazing, despite a headgear and other precautionary measures being put into place.
The 54-year-old recalled the final fight of his career that pulled back the curtain on a boxer who had defined an era. When speaking to Patrick, he touched upon his mindset going into the bout against Kevin McBride. Not to mention, Tyson was finished in the bout against the consensus journeyman, thus marking the end to active competition.
“I didn’t really train, I didn’t really feel excited for that fight. I don’t know what it was, it was just a bill-paying, really mundane day at the office.”
With these comments, it remains clear that Mike lacked the motivation to step under the bright lights. Combat sports fans and pundits had more or less called for the end of Tyson’s reign following the sixth-round finish.
Additionally, Mike Tyson shared his views on fighting on the big stage just to appease his legions of fans.
“Well, you do many times, but in this business, we’re not gonna really get hurt. At least we believe we’re not gonna get hurt. You know this is what we do, this is what we know how to do.”
With his return to the fight game set, Tyson will have an uphill task on his hand in the form of Roy Jones. The 4-division champion fought as recently as 2018 and will be expected to enter the fight with good conditioning. Fight fans eagerly anticipate the return of ‘Iron Mike’ after more than 15 years away from boxing.
Source: Dan Patrick Show YouTube