Why Mike Tyson has asked Roy Jones Jr. to postpone their fight

Mike Tyson asks Roy Jones Jr. to postpone their fight

The former heavyweight champion will not return to the ring in September (Picture: Getty)

Boxing legend Mike Tyson’s hotly anticipated return to the ring in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. has been postponed until later in the year, according to reports.

The 54-year-old announced last month he would take part in an eight-round boxing match against Jones in California on September 12, just a month away.

But Tyson v Jones will no longer go ahead as scheduled, with Ring Magazine reporting that Iron Mike and his team have asked for the fight to be pushed back until November 28.

American boxer Roy Jones Jr gives master class in St Petersburg, Russia

Jones has agreed to postpone the fight by nearly two-and-a-half months (Picture: Getty)

Tyson’s team felt they could maximise revenue by rescheduling the fight and a meeting was held with both parties in which Jones agreed to the date switch.

The bout is still expected to take place at Dignity Health Park in California without a crowd, though that could change if the coronavirus crisis eases over the coming months and fans are allowed back.

Although the delay will disappoint boxing fans, it does give Tyson and Jones time to iron out some of the complications that have emerged since the fight was announced.

There have been issues over headgear, with suggestions initially that the California State Athletic Commission, who are sanctioning the bout, would require both fighters to wear headgear – though that may no longer be the case.

The delay will give both fighters longer to get in shape, too, and perhaps even change the nature of the exhibition match, with California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster initially suggested it would be more of a glorified sparring session.

‘This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off,’ Foster told Yahoo Sports. ‘They’re just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see these legends.’

But Jones seemed sceptical of Tyson’s ability to stick to that, saying: ‘Andy Foster can’t control Mike once Mike gets in the ring. I’ve got to defend myself like I’m in a real fight. If Mike goes out there and decides to start hammering, what am I supposed to do, look at Andy?’

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