Roy Jones Jr. will be stepping back into the boxing ring next month against a boxer who was the most feared fighter during his day. Jones Jr. will battle it out with Mike Tyson in an eight-round exhibition match on Nov. 28. During his legendary career, Tyson was dominant. Of his 50 victories, 44 were by knockout. Jones Jr. said Tyson possesses one quality that he believes would allow him to compete for the heavyweight title today at the age of 54.
The legitimate question is how dominant would Mike Tyson really have been had he not gone to prison? Tyson was a force inside the boxing ring during the 1980s. He became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world when he was 20.
Tyson won the first 37 fights of his professional career. His first 19 fights were won via knockout with 12 of them coming in the first round. Tyson took his 37-0 mark into a fight with James ‘Buster’ Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, and suffered his first loss in shocking fashion. Tyson was knocked out in the 10th round.
Tyson rebounded from the loss and won his next four fights. In 1991, he was convicted of rape and sent to prison for three years. Tyson returned to boxing upon his release and just wasn’t the same. He won four straight bouts but then went 5-5 in his last 10 decisions, finishing his career with a 50-6 mark.
Mike Tyson will be taking on Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 in an eight-round exhibition match. Jones Jr, 51, was one of the top boxers of his time after claiming titles in four different weight classes. Tyson, 54, remains a feared man. He is so feared that Jones Jr. said he might have made a mistake agreeing to get into the ring with him.