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After 15 years away from the sport, Mike Tyson is heading back in the ring.
Tyson will face a familiar opponent, Roy Jones Jr, on Sept. 12 in an eight-round exhibition. The fight is marketed as "Frontline Battle" and will be available to watch via pay-per-view. It will also be available on Triller, a social media app geared towards entertainers.
The match is slated to take place in California, according to California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster. The bout will take use "larger" gloves than regulation, per Foster, and no fans will be in attendance.
Per TMZ, Tyson-Jones will be the main event of a full card, which may include MMA-boxing crossover fights. Live performances are also expected.
54-year-old Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) hasn’t fought since 2005, but has remained in great shape under his latest role as a public fitness influencer. For months, he's teased such a comeback across his social media accounts- sharing content of him training in the gym and boasting his competition-ready form.
Evander Holyfield followed his lead, announcing that he, too, intended to fight again and suggested he might face his old rival. However, Tyson went an unexpected direction.
Jones (66-9, 47 KOs) is a former heavyweight titleholder but is known primarily as one of the best ever from middleweight to light heavyweight. Jones, 51, fought as recently as February 2018, when took part in a cruiserweight fight.
Jones outpointed John Ruiz to win a heavyweight title in 2003.
TMZ also reports that Triller, which is backed by the likes of Snoop, Lil Wayne, Future, The Weeknd, Pitbull, and Marshmello, also has the rights to a 10-part documentary series that will follow the fighters as they prepare for their showdown.
Triller, a growing platform, once focused on music but is expanding into other branches of entertainment.
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