Mike Tyson Admits Not Going All Out on Roy Jones Jr, But Wants to do it in His Next Fight

Published 03/11/2021, 4:00 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


In November 2020, Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in one of the most exemplary boxing exhibitions. The fight accrued vast applause from fans and fighters around the world. Though it ended with a draw, the baddest man on the planet, showed a snippet of his former self thus entertaining a sea of audience.

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However, Tyson felt he could push even harder in this fight. But he failed to do so.

In a recent Hotboxin podcast, Tyson answered the UFC supremo Dana White’s question on how he felt during the Roy Jones Jr. bout.

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“I felt like wow. I could do some more, I could punch more combinations, I could do this, I could do that. And I said wow this is interesting, and I said well I want to do it again. And I want to do what somebody I could do go really I love it all out on.

“It made me interested in wanting to do it again. I wanted to go the distance, I didn’t want to knock nobody out and all that. That’s what people expect.” said Tyson.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) shakes hands with Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) after their split draw during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Tyson fared considerably well in this exhibition bout and fought his heart out until the last second. Despite that, he seemed unimpressed with his performance, looking hungry for even more. But he has assured to give his best shot when he steps into the squared circle again.

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Is Mike Tyson hinting at a trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield?

Mike Tyson was earlier supposed to battle out his rival Evander Holyfield instead of Roy Jones Jr. But the fight fell through because of some uncertainties. However, the ‘Real Deal’ has expressed keen interest in fighting ‘Iron’ Mike and he’s even begun training rigorously.

In the above interview, Tyson spoke about employing his best skills in the next exhibition fight. Although he didn’t spill beans on the Holyfield bout, fans still believe that he’ll compete with his long-time foe in 2021.

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If the duo steps inside the ring with each other again, needless to say, it’ll go down as one of the best PPV events for this year.

Fans would love to see the retro heavyweight kings take up the ring space and roll out a magnetic show.

Do you envisage Tyson vs Holyfield 3 for 2021?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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