One of the most highly-anticipated boxing matches of 2020 will have to be put on hold for now. On Sunday, Mike Coppinger of The Athletic was first to report that the exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. will be postponed from it’s original date of September 12, and will be pushed back until November 28.
The exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., scheduled for Sept. 12 in Carson, California, has been postponed, sources tell The Athletic. The new tentative date for the event is Nov. 28
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) August 9, 2020
When asked by a Twitter user if the fight was being postponed because Canelo Alvarez is also scheduled to fight on September 12, Coppinger said the postponement is unrelated to any situation with Alvarez, but wouldn’t disclose why the fight is being pushed back.
Tyson got the social media world buzzing earlier this year when he started posted training videos of him back in the boxing gym and then rumors began to circle about a potential return for the former champion. Those rumors eventually came true when it was announced that another former champion, Roy Jones Jr. had agreed to fight Tyson in an eight-round exhibition fight, which will be available through the social media app Triller, as well as cable and satellite.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Tyson discussed his return for the fight against Jones and said he is going to be looking for the knockout if there’s an opportunity to get one.
Former legendary heavyweight champion George Foreman had a different opinion of this fight between Tyson and Jones, saying that he was concerned for both fighters’ health and safety as they get back in the ring at an older age.
While no exact reason for the postponement was given, the fact that a new date is tentatively set should ease any concerns about the reality of this fight happening. This will be the first fight for Mike Tyson since suffering a loss in 2005, and the first fight for Roy Jones since his win over Scott Sigmon in 2018, where he won the vacant WBU cruiserweight title.