KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson will make his boxing comeback on Sept. 12 against Roy Jones Jr.
  • The showdown between the boxing legends could be boring based on prediction
  • Tyson is tagged as the early favorite to win the match 

Mike Tyson’s much-awaited boxing comeback is finally happening. Iron Mike announced Thursday that he will be returning to the ring to fight Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match on Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. But while the news caused a sudden hysteria among fight fans, critical followers of the sport expect a rather uneventful showdown between the two boxing legends.

Justin Alvarado of Clutch Points labeled the said event as “boring” as he claimed that there would no authentic excitement in watching two fighters who are both past their peak form.

“Let’s face it. These athletes have aged and they’re no longer in their prime. As exciting as it may sound, most of the hype focuses on the announcement of their return to the ring, rather than the actual fight itself,” Alvarado wrote. “As father time has yet to be defeated, all these flashy training videos may not be enough to overcome the true enemy.

“Moreover, the fact that this is an exhibition match means that it’s realistic not to expect any knockouts. Look to them to box in two-ounce gloves and finish all eight rounds.”

Tyson, 54, had been teasing his fans with work out videos for months before his actual announcement. Even then, he had already mentioned that would be returning to fight while pointing out that his goal is to help a charitable cause.

Iron Mike has not fought in 15 years, while Jones, a four-division World Champion, has been sitting on retirement since his unanimous decision win over Scott Sigmon in 2018.

Meanwhile, Tyson is tagged as the early favorite to win the showdown (-135) over the younger Jones (-105), according to the odds offered by Bovada.

However, the Clutch Points prediction sees it the other way around, taking into account Tyson’s longer time spent away from competitive combat activity.

“We know people are dying to see Tyson box again. However, the fact of the matter is that he hasn’t been in action for the last 15 years with his last win dating back to as far as 2003. Meanwhile, Jones Jr. had his last fight just in 2018, scoring a unanimous win over Scott Sigmon, closing out his career on a four-fight winning streak,” Alvarado added.

“Thus, not only does Jones Jr. have the advantage in terms of speed, but also in terms of shaking off the rust. Expect Jones Jr. to come out on top via split decision.”

Full event details are yet to be announced but reports say safety features are being prioritized for the main card. But regardless of whether it would be as competitive as the hype, the historic boxing match between Tyson and Jones is still positioned as a must-see event overall.

Mike Tyson Pictured: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 26, 2017. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images