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Tyson open to exhibitions with Joshua, Fury and Wilder

Tyson meets fellow legend Jones Jr in exhibition clash on November 28

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Mike Tyson willing to face current heavyweight division in exhibitions Photo Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters
Mike Tyson willing to face current heavyweight division in exhibitions Photo Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters

Mike Tyson says he is open to exhibition bouts with Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, ahead of his return against Roy Jones Jr on November 28.

Tyson, 54, ends a 15 year ring absence when he faces former pound-for-pound great, Jones Jr in an exhibition at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on Saturday, live on BT Sport Box Office.

The former undisputed heavyweight world champion says he will donate his purse to charities and admits he is keen to tackle current heavyweight champions, Joshua and Fury, as well as former WBC ruler, Wilder to raise money for those in need.

“I think they’re brilliant. I think they’re brilliant fighters,” Tyson told BT Sport.

“They could do so much for society.

“They could have exhibitions, and take the money from the exhibitions, because they’re big crowd pleasers, and they could help so many people, the homeless, the drug-infected.

Fury has a two-fight deal agreed with Anthony Joshua for 2021 Photo Credit: PA Images/Reuters
Fury has a two-fight deal agreed with Anthony Joshua for 2021 Photo Credit: PA Images/Reuters

“There’s so many people out there that we can do so much for, and that wouldn’t even be a tenth of their charitable heart to do something like that.

“In fact, fight exhibitions with me, and most of our charity would go to people who desperately need it.

‘I want you to label them as exhibitions, because there’s no hard feelings.”

‘Iron Mike’ retired on his stool in his last fight in 2005 against Kevin McBride, although he returned for a series of exhibitions against Corey Sanders in 2006.

Former pound-for-pound great Roy Jones Jr returns to the ring to face Tyson in Los Angeles
Former pound-for-pound great Roy Jones Jr returns to the ring to face Tyson in Los Angeles

Jones Jr, 51, ends just more than a two-and-a-half-year lay-off, after retiring with a unanimous decision victory over Scott Sigmon in February 2018, following a decorated career, in which he claimed world titles in four-weight classes including heavyweight, after beating John Ruiz in 2003.

The California State Athletic Commission have warned the pair not to seek a knockout and rather treat it as ‘hard sparring,’ although they will not be wearing headgear and will use larger than usual, 12oz gloves over eight rounds.

YouTube sensation Jake Paul, who stopped AnEsonGib in January, faces former NBA star Nate Robinson, whilst two-weight world champion, Badou Jack and unbeaten cruiserweight, Viddal Riley return.

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