KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.'s exhibition match is rescheduled to Nov. 28
  • The details of the fight card are likely to remain despite the change in date
  • The California State Athletic Commission is considering the safety of Tyson and Jones as it decides on the actual rules of the fight

Fans of Mike Tyson will have to wait a little longer before witnessing the legend’s boxing comeback. Iron Mike’s much-anticpated return to the ring against Roy Jones Jr. on Sept. 12 is being postponed to Nov. 28, according to a report by RingTV.com.

Organizers of the event are likely to keep the original plan for the fight card despite the change in date, according to ESPN. Previously published details revealed that the event will be held at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., and will be offered to fans via a pay-per-view streaming.

“There have been no official adjustments made to the contract at this time, but there have been discussions over the weekend in regard to a change of date,” ESPN’s Steve Kim wrote.

“The source confirmed that the organizers of this event needed more time to secure international television deals and tie up loose ends in regards to the pay-per-view.”

The exhibition match will feature Tyson’s first fight in 15 years. Iron Mike, 54, had started teasing fans for months way before his actual announcement in July and had mentioned that a significant portion of the proceeds from his impending comeback will be intended to help a charitable cause.

Jones, 51, meanwhile, is set to come out of retirement that has lasted for two years now. The former four-division world champion decided to hang his gloves up after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Scott Sigmon in 2018.

The scheduled headliner has caused massive anticipation from fight fans, but serious concerns regarding the fighters’ safety have also emerged.

Another heavyweight legend, George Foreman, in fact, shared his seemingly apprehensive thoughts about the card’s main event.

"There's a time when you got to worry about your health, but it's a beautiful thing that they would even come out," said George. "Maybe they can even name a charity or something for the recipient of the funds. I think it's good to come out but it’s got to be a fun thing, but I hope one does not hit the other."

Tyson and Jones will be fighting on an eight-round bout format according to the California State Athletic Commission. The specific rules of the fight, however, is yet to be determined as CSAC head Andy Foster is reported to be putting the legends’ safety with his utmost consideration.

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A young Mike Tyson inside the ring Getty Images/Focus On Sport
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