Boxing legends give predictions for Mike Tyson's comeback fight

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will bid to turn back the clock when they return to the ring on Saturday night for their exhibition bout in Los Angeles.

The controversial showdown between two great former champions, now in their 50s, has been met with understandable criticism, but record pre-fight pay-per-view sales have been reported.

Former world heavyweight champion Iron Mike, 54, who has not boxed professionally for 15 years, has shed an impressive six stones for a scheduled eight-round contest at the Staples Center.

Jones Jr’s comeback has raised fewer eye brows. He was still boxing in 2018 and won his last four fights, although his stoppage of Jeff Lacy in 2008 was his last notable success.

Saturday’s meeting between the two has divided opinion but the great and good of the sport have all had their say pre-fight…

Evander Holyfield

The former heavyweight world champion, mooted as a potential future opponent for Tyson, told Teddy Atlas: ‘I think if Tyson catch him, he gonna hurt him. But if Tyson can’t catch him, it’s gonna be a lousy fight.’

Freddie Roach

The legendary trainer told Press Box: ‘I think Mike knocks Roy Jones out. But I did warn Mike that he has to be careful of Roy’s left to the body. That’s the punch Roy used to knock out Virgil Hill.’

Lennox Lewis

The British boxing legend, who fought Tyson back in 2002, said: ‘Roy Jones is one of the quickest fighters out there when he was fighting.  He moved around the ring. He is not going to be an easy target. This type of fight, he’s not looking to get hit.

‘Until Mike Tyson catches up with him, if Mike Tyson can catch up with him, then we’re gonna see a good fight.’ 

Floyd Mayweather

The undefeated former middleweight king, himself said to be contemplating comeback said: ‘I think it’s going to be very interesting. I’m not here to say Tyson’s going to win it or Roy is going to win it but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be entertaining. May the best man win though. 

Frank Bruno

The popular former British heavyweight, who went toe-to-toe with Tyson twice in his career, said: ‘I think both are taking it seriously,’ he told talkSPORT. “All the rules will go out the door. ‘They are making some money and as long as they don’t hurt themselves, good luck to them.

‘They are not robbing a bank; they were champions and good fighters in their day. If they fancy it, who are we to judge?’

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