‘Insanity’: Boxing legend’s Tyson sledge

With the highly anticipated return to the boxing ring between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. just over 24 hours away, the world is eager to see what the two ageing champions still have.

Both champions throughout their careers, Jones Jr.’s career ended two years ago, while Tyson hasn’t fought in 15 years.

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While there has been plenty of talk that it’s just an exhibition, both camps have been hyping a knockout.

But it appears to be that very reason that fellow former heavyweight champion George Foreman has labelled Tyson’s attempt to get back into the ring “temporary insanity”.

Foreman knows all about time away from the ring, having taken nearly 10 years off during his career, before becoming the oldest heavyweight champ in history at the age of 45 in 1998.

George Foreman predicts Mike Tyson won’t have it that easy.Source:Supplied

Speaking to Yahoo Sports, Foreman predicted Tyson’s decade and a half out of the ring will show.

“It’s temporary insanity. I liken it to a guy who wants to get on a boat and go out to sea. It seems like so much fun, so peaceful, so he wants to get out there and do it,” he said.

“Then he gets out there and the big waves start coming and the sea is rough and it’s raining and the wind is blowing and he asks himself, ‘Lord, why did I ever do this?’

“It’s happened to so many of us. And you realise you should have stayed home on the dry land where everything is nice and safe.

“The thing that is hard when you start to think of coming back, you remember what you could do back in the day.

“But you have to reclaim that hardness you once had and the timing. That’s what you lose after so many years away and it’s so hard to get back.”

Tyson has left the world stunned in the lead up to the fight, showing off an incredible physique.

Though Mike Tyson is in great shape.Source:Instagram

WHEN IS TYSON vs JONES Jr?

The fight was originally down to take place in September, but was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It will now take place on Sunday, November 29 with the coverage beginning at 1pm (AEDT).

HOW TO WATCH TYSON vs JONES Jr.

Eager fans can book the fight through Main Event for $59.95, with the fight also able to be booked through Kayo for those without Foxtel.

The PPV purchase allows access to Kayo until 3rd December at 11:59:59PM AEDT and can be made even without a separate Kayo subscription.

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TALE OF THE TAP

MIKE TYSON

Age: 54

Record: 50-6 (44 knockouts)

Titles: WBC heavyweight (1986-90); WBA and IBF heavyweight (1987-90); WBC heavyweight (1996); WBA heavyweight (1996)

Home Country: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Pro Debut: 1985

Last Fight: 2005 (L Vs Kevin McBride, Round 6 retirement)

Height: 178cm

Reach: 180cm

Stance: Orthodox

ROY JONES JR.

Age: 51

Record: 66-9 (47 knockouts)

Titles: IBF middleweight (1993-94), IBF super middleweight (1994-96; WBC light heavyweight (1997); WBC light heavyweight (1997-2003); WBA light heavyweight (1998-2003); WBA heavyweight (2003-04); WBA and WBC light heavyweight (2003-04)

Home Country: Pensacola, Florida, USA

Pro Debut: 1989

Last Fight: 2018 (W Vs Scott Sigmon, unanimous decision)

Height: 180cm

Reach: 188cm

Stance: Orthodox

Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson are set to face off Sunday Australian time.Source:AFP

MIKE TYSON v ROY JONES Jr RULES

– No knockouts allowed

– No judges ringside scoring the bout, WBC (Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson) will judge fight remotely

– No official winner will be declared

– Eight two-minute rounds

– Fighters will wear 12 oz gloves

– Fight will be stopped if either suffers a bad cut

MIKE TYSON VS. ROY JONES JR. FIGHT CARD

Main card

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — Heavyweight exhibition

Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson — Cruiserweight

Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan — Light Heavyweight

Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter — Cruiserweight

Preliminary card

Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright — Lightweight

Irvin Gonzalez vs. Edward Vasquez — Featherweight

Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones — Heavyweight

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