The exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. which was scheduled for September 12th in the Los Angeles area has been postponed.
It is now scheduled for November 28th, reportedly to maximize interest in the fight. Both Tyson and Jones agreed to the postponement and they will now prepare for the bout to take place at the end of November. As part of the buildup to the fight, they will be featured in a ten part docu-series with behind-the-scenes, pre-fight footage. There also will be other fights on the card which will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.
In addition to the fact that all parties wanted to generate as much revenue as possible for this event, it was unclear if headgear would be used in this fight. The California State Athletic Commission stated that it was not required for this bout but the fighters are not fully behind that ruling. Andy Foster, who is the executive officer of the CSAC said that the fight would be a sparring session of sorts, but Jones disagrees.
“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,” he told Yahoo Sports. “If Mike goes out there and decides to start hammering, what am I supposed to do, look at Andy?”
Over the next several weeks, there will be more details on this bout and if the rules set by the CSAC will be approved by both Tyson and Jones.
Cover photo by Willy Sanjuan of the Associated Press