Mike Tyson And Roy Jones Jr’s Salaries Revealed For Upcoming Exhibition Bout
It's being tipped as one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
Mike Tyson will make his long-awaited return to the ring this weekend when he faces off with former world champ Roy Jones Jr at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The "Baddest Man on the Planet" dominated the sport of boxing for decades on end.
Iron Mike terrorised his opponents by winning the mental warfare outside of the ring and the physical battle inside it.
Incredibly, the 54-year-old warrior turned marijuana farmer still holds the record for being the youngest ever heavyweight world champion.
His place on the Mount Rushmore of boxing is already cemented, but Tyson's second coming could be ever more biblical than his first if he puts on a show for the masses against tricky customer Jones Jr.
And if his intense training regime and impressive body transformation is anything to go by, then we shouldn't be too disappointed.
Now, though, Jones Jr and Tyson's hefty pay cheques have been revealed - and they go some way to explaining why the pay-per-view price is so expensive.
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According to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, Tyson will rake in a reported US$10million (AU$13million) while 51-year-old Jones Jr will pocket US$3million (AU$4million).
And that's not taking into consideration their other sponsorship deals.
Hearing that Tyson will make $10 million and Roy Jones +/- $3 million for their exhibition Saturday.
- Kevin Iole (@KevinI) November 25, 2020
The fight itself has copped its fair share of criticism since being announced to the public.
After initially being postponed, news circulated regarding the bizarre clauses in the fighter contracts which casted further doubt over the legitimacy of the bout.
At first, it was reported that the fighters wouldn't be drug tested for marijuana - despite anti-doping testers claiming they'd be checking for every other performance enhancing drug.
Then it became known that there was a contract clause stating neither fighter could knock the other one out on the night.
Protecting the ageing fighters is clearly at the forefront of the commission's thinking - which is totally fair enough.
But from a fan's point of view, just getting to witness a jacked Iron Mike bob and weave under the bright Staples Center lights will be good enough for us.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@miketyson
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