Freddie Roach backs Tyson to knock out Roy Jones Jr in comeback fight

‘Mike will be swinging for the fences’: Freddie Roach backs boxing legend Tyson to knock out Roy Jones Jr in comeback fight next month

  • Mike Tyson has not entered the boxing ring since his retirement in 2005 
  • Roy Jones Jr meanwhile has also not climbed through the ropes in over two years
  • The duo are set to face each other in an exhibition bout in California next month 
  • Freddie Roach believes Tyson will not hold back but warned him of Jones’ threat

Freddie Roach believes Mike Tyson will knock Roy Jones Jr out in his comeback fight next month.

Tyson, 54, has not stepped in the ring since his retirement in 2005, while 51-year-old Jones Jr has not climbed through the ropes in more than two years.

But the duo are set to take part in a mouthwatering exhibition bout on November 28 in California. 

Freddie Roach believes Mike Tyson will knock Roy Jones Jr out in his comeback fight 

Tyson, 54, has not stepped in the ring since his retirement from boxing back in 2005

And Roach – who after finishing his professional fighting career in 1986 has gone on to train the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan – insists Tyson will not take it easy on Jones Jr but insists he must be aware of the latter’s left punch.

‘I spoke with Mike Tyson about ten days ago and I told him he doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘exhibition,’ Roach told Press Box PR.

‘He laughed but he knew what I meant. Mike is an old school fighter who only has one gear – forward.

‘And I know when that bell rings, Mike will be swinging for the fences. I think Mike knocks Roy Jones out.

Meanwehile, 51-year-old Jones Jr has not climbed through the ropes in more than two years

The duo will clash in an exhibition bout on November 28 in California after it was pushed back

‘But I did warn Mike that Roy has to be careful of Roy’s left to the body. That’s the punch Roy used to knock out Virgil Hill.’

Jones Jr delivered one of his greatest ever performances in 1998 when he knocked out former boxer Hill in the fourth round of their light-heavyweight bout in April 1998.

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson has been in training since March and built up the excitement for the showdown earlier this month by sharing an advert, made by Triller, on Instagram.

The video was the latest Tyson has shared of build-up to the fight, having posted several others of him preparing in the gym after undergoing an incredible transformation in the last few months. 

Tyson built up excitement for the showdown by sharing an advert made by Triller

Meanwhile, Jones Jr –  who has recruited Chris Eubank Jr to help him prepare for the fight – has claimed he is prepared to die in the clash.

‘You get hit by Mike Tyson, anything can happen to you,’ he told Joe Rogan on his podcast. ‘Mike Tyson is not just an ordinary puncher.

‘I love boxing, so if I’ve gotta die boxing I’m gonna die a happy man. There’s other ways I’d rather go, but if I went that way I’m not mad at that.’ 

Roy Jones Jr meanwhile claimed that he is prepared to die in his fight with Tyson next month




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