Is Mike Tyson returning to boxing? All you need to know after former champ's bizarre 'slurring' TV interview

Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. will trade blows in an exhibition match slated to take place on November 28 at the Dignity Health Sports Park, California

                            Is Mike Tyson returning to boxing? All you need to know after former champ's bizarre 'slurring' TV interview
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Mike Tyson's glory days aren't done yet as he prepares for his exhibition game against Roy Jones Jr. for charity. His return to the ring has fans eagerly looking forward to a slugfest. However, major concerns were raised when a visibly tired and wiped-out-looking Tyson appeared on a live interview where he was incoherent and slurred while answering questions. At one point, the 54-year-old, in his relentless promoting of the fight appeared to close his eyes and drop his head down.

Answering one of the questions on Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid’s 'Good Morning Britain' show, "I just wanna do this, I plan on doing this for a charity (inaudible),” Tyson said. "And I think I’m capable of doing that and that’s what I wanna do." Soon after, Tyson took to Twitter to tell Morgan he was exhausted. "Hey mate … I tried to stay up late for an interview but fell asleep and like a lion I’m hard to wake once asleep," he tweeted. "Training hard and going to bed early. I had no monitor so I couldn’t see you guys and forgot to look into camera."


In response, Morgan wrote: “No problem, Champ. We could see you were a bit weary! It was very late in LA. Appreciate this message as some viewers were concerned." Tyson and Jones will trade blows in an exhibition match where the former undisputed heavyweight world champion will take on the former four-division world champion.


The bout is slated to take place on November 28, 2020, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, and is sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). The fight was finalized after a two-month negotiation between Tyson and Evander Holyfield failed to come to a deal. The formal announcement of Tyson vs Jones. Jr was made on July 23.

The fight was initially scheduled for September 12 with pro boxers taking the undercard slots. However, there was another announcement in August that the fight was pushed to November to increase revenue for the clash. Jones had his last fight in 2018 with a win over Scott Sigmon via unanimous decision at the Bay Center In Pensacola, Florida. Tyson retired in 2005.

The undercard fights include:

Cruiserweight: Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson
Light heavyweight: Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan
Cruiserweight: Viddal Riley vs Rashad Coulter

According to Yahoo, Talk Radio's Mike Graham was unhappy with Morgan for interviewing Tyson when he was in no position to do so. "I’m going to ask him when I see him ‘did you get this wrong?'" Graham said. "What on earth were the producers thinking?"

"I have producers here … if they had seen the state of Mike Tyson they would have said ‘we can’t put him on, he’s going to look ridiculous, it’s not going to be helpful, it’s going to look like we are trying to make something out of this and are proving ourselves to be the wrong kind of journalists."

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