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The Reason Why Mike Tyson's Exhibition Bout Against Roy Jones Jr Was Postponed

The Reason Why Mike Tyson's Exhibition Bout Against Roy Jones Jr Was Postponed

Mike Tyson's highly-anticipated comeback against Roy Jones Jr was postponed because the boxing legend reportedly wants to fight in front of a live crowd.

Tyson, 54, is set to return to the ring against fellow boxing icon Jones Jr, 51, in an eight-round exhibition bout.

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The contest was originally supposed to take place in Carson, California, on September 12, but the blockbuster clash has been pushed back to November 28.

And further reports suggest the former world heavyweight champion requested the change of plan to allow fans to return to the stands amid the global pandemic which has seen sport events played behind closed doors.

Twitter user KEEM wrote: "Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson fight has been postponed till Nov 28th!"

He added: "Sources tell me Mike Tyson want to fight in front of a live crowd and the venues being moved to Cowboys Stadium."

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The Dignity Health Sports Park is scheduled to host Tyson's bout against Jones Jr though it's claimed the fight could be moved to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

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Tyson vs. Jones Jr, meanwhile, has split the boxing community with Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn skeptical about the match-up.

He told Boxing Social: "The Commission has said they can't [go for a knockout]. Can you imagine? Tyson comes out and goes for [a knockout] and the commissioner [waves] if off. That's an absolute disaster.

"I'm never comfortable with an exhibition bout? Because what are you getting, what are you actually paying for? This shouldn't happen, but I'd rather they went at it hammer and tong. I'd buy that.

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"I don't think it's ethically right or good for boxing but I would probably buy that. I don't think you're going to buy an exhibition."

The Matchroom chief continued by saying: "What are they going to do? Mess around after a round or do an interview mid-round? Sky got approached [to air it]. They spoke to me about it.

"I'm not saying they won't take it. You could be a round or two in going 'Oh my God, what is this?'

"I would rather they went in and tried to take each other's head off. Like I said, ethically, that wouldn't be right either but I'd prefer that."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Roy Jones Jr, Boxing, Fight News

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.