Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. have passed their initial voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) drug tests.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi spoke to the California State Athletic Commission who said the initial test came back clean. However, both athletes will be tested again on fight night.
“CSAC executive officer Andy Foster tells me that Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. have completed a drug-testing program administered by VADA before their exhibition Saturday — and both boxing legends have passed,” Raimondi reported on Twitter. “They will be tested again by VADA on fight night.”
This is obviously good news for fans who are eager to see both Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. compete again. Although they are both above 50, they are legends of the game and it will be good to see them get in there and fight. Both men have also said it will be a real fight despite the rules saying it is hard sparring.
“Listen, I don’t know what you are talking about, what’s not a real fight? You got Mike Tyson and Roy Jones,” Tyson said to reports during the virtual press conference. “I’m coming to fight, and I hope he’s coming to fight. That’s all you need to know.”
Roy Jones Jr. also echoed that statement as he too is coming for a real fight.
“First of all, if you think you can go into the ring with Mike Tyson, the last guy that did an exhibition with Mike got dropped in the first round. If you don’t know that, there is something wrong with you,” Jones Jr. said. “Who goes in the ring with the great, legendary Mike Tyson and thinks, oh, this is an exhibition? Twelve-ounce gloves, no headgear? Really? This is an exhibition? Come on bruh, be for real.”
Mike Tyson will be fighting for the first time since 2005 where he ended his career on a two-fight losing streak. He was the former undisputed heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990.
Roy Jones Jr., meanwhile, fought back in 2018 and is on a four-fight winning streak. The boxing legend holds notable wins over Bernard Hopkins, James Toney, and Otis Grant among others.
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