KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson weighed in on his upcoming exhibition match with Roy Jones Jr.
  • He admitted that he suffered a lot of pain while training and getting back into fighting shape
  • Jones sent Tyson a warning ahead of their Nov. 28 bout

Mike Tyson has opened up about his upcoming exhibition match against fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and the difficulties he encountered while preparing for the fight.

During his appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Sept. 4, Tyson said he anticipates that his highly-anticipated exhibition match with Jones will be “violent.” The 54-year-old is also confident that despite having been inactive for years, both of them will put on a great show for the fans.

“Of course it is [gonna get violent],” Tyson predicted. “Because both of us are who we are, and we’re gonna show our skills and nobody’s gonna look stupid. It’s just going to be interesting, I think. I’m just prepared to do a lot of running and chasing. That was real difficult to get into condition for, chasing this little f-----g guy around the ring.”

Tyson was already getting in shape prior to agreeing to fight Jones. “Iron Mike” looked incredible for his age in training clips and was able to convince fans that he “still got it.”

However, the former world heavyweight champion revealed that though he may have made it look easy, he actually endured a tremendous amount of pain.

“Getting in shape and getting conditioned are two different animals,” Tyson explained. “They don’t even belong in the same division of working out. Getting in shape is getting able to fit in your clothes. Being in condition is being able to come outside of your soul. You can’t do that automatically. The emotional state to prepare for that is mind-boggling.”

“Let me tell you something about [an early training video],” he continued. “I did that video and I was in bed for a week. That was 30 seconds, and I was in bed for a week. That was not funny because it made me realize that this is big boy s--t.”

Mike Tyson Former boxer Mike Tyson reacts as he speaks to the media, before the weigh-in of International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Championship Bout at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, May 24, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee

Jones, meanwhile, recently sent Tyson a warning ahead of their clash. The 51-year-old is well aware of the vicious power of his opponent but hinted that things would take a huge turn if he doesn’t knock him out.

“Know what that’s called? Know what it’s called? All-out war,” Jones told Fighthype.com. “If you drop me, you better drop me where I can’t get back up. If I get back up, the switch just came off.”

Tyson is set to face Jones in an eight-round exhibition match on Nov. 28 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.