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Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. Laugh Off Idea Their Face-Off ‘Not A Real Fight’

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“Not a real fight? We got Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones,” Tyson said. “I’m coming to fight, and I hope he’s coming to fight, and that’s all you need to know.”

Jones also laughs at the idea that any time spent inside a boxing ring with Tyson could ever be a mere exhibition, even though California commission officials have made it clear that Tyson and Jones shouldn’t be attempting to seriously hurt each other during a fight with two-minute rounds. Officials say they plan to stop the bout if either fighter is cut or significantly injured.

“Who goes in the ring with the great, legendary Mike Tyson and thinks it’s an exhibition?” Jones said. “Twelve-ounce gloves? No headgear? Really? This is an exhibiti on? Come on, bruh. Be real.”

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Tyson and Jones believe they’ll be able to put on a show worthy of their legends. They’re also eager to be the latest in the growing line of athletes competing at elite levels into their 40s and beyond with improvements in sports science, nutrition and training.

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“When I came along, at 32 years old, you were considered an old guy,” Jones said. “But we’re freaks. That’s why this is such a big thing.”

Tyson, who is down to 215 pounds for the first time since he was a teenager, put it even more succinctly: “Time isn’t anything.”

The fight’s designation as an exhibition didn’t stop the World Boxing Council from jumping in to offer a green championship belt to the winner, calling it the “Frontline Battle Belt.”

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