Saturday, May 18, 2024

For Real: Mike Tyson to Get in the Ring with Roy Jones Jr in an Exhibition Fight for 8 Rounds on Pay Per View


This is really happening. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, Jr. are going to have an 8 round fight on Pay Per View on September 12th.

These two old warriors will be part of a three hour extravaganza produced by Tyson’s film company and certain to pull in a lot of money. I’m in, I know that.

According to a press release, the fight will air on multi-media platform, Triller, which has also obtained exclusive streaming rights to the soon-to-be-released, ten-part docuseries featuring behind-the-scenes, pre-fight footage, releasing two episodes per week leading up to the match. The fight, titled “FRONTLINE BATTLE,” is the first event of a series produced under Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League, a sports venture owned by Tyson and Eros Innovations which has partnered with Triller on all future boxing events.

The exhibition fight has been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. Producers include: Mike Tyson, Sophie Watts, Johnny Ryan Jr., Azim Spicer, Kiki Tyson, Ryan Kavanaugh and Bobby Sarnevesht.

The show goes on sale August 26th. No word yet on ticket price. And where is Don King? I’m surprised he’s not involved somehow. We miss him!

PS I actually saw Roy Jones fight at Radio City 20 years ago. He won the fight against David Telesco in 12 rounds from three judges. Great night!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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