Tyson vows to keep fighting after Roy Jones match

Tyson vows to keep fighting after Roy Jones match
Tyson, who looks in excellent shape on videos released on social media in recent months, vows that he is more focused than ever on the sport. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 October 2020

Tyson vows to keep fighting after Roy Jones match

Tyson vows to keep fighting after Roy Jones match
  • Tyson has not competed in a boxing match since his knockout loss to Kevin McBride in 2005
  • Tyson plans future matches as part of his newly formed sporting events company: Legends Only League

LONDON: The 54-year old former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has vowed to keep fighting after his much-touted comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr. which is scheduled for Nov. 28 in Los Angeles.
Save for a single exhibition in 2006, Tyson has not competed in a boxing match since his knockout loss to Kevin McBride in 2005.

Tyson said during a press conference this week that he planned to keep fighting after his fight with Roy Jones Jr. later this month.

Tyson plans future matches as part of his newly formed sporting events company: Legends Only League and hinted at future opponents during a press conference organized by Triller to promote the event on Thursday.
"I'm going to go as long as the league is working," Tyson said. "I'm going to do this, and I'm going to help a lot of people, and my legacy is going to be that I gave a lot more than I took."

Tyson, who looks in excellent shape on videos released on social media in recent months, vows that he is more focused than ever on the sport. The proceeds of which will go to charity Tyson said.

Though no formal boxing title is on the line, the winner of the match will be given a special belt by the World Boxing Council in recognition of the accomplishment.
The Nov. 28 event will feature a mixture of both exhibitions and regular boxing matches. Of the latter, the most prominent will feature Gambian-Swedish light heavyweight champion, Badou Jack.
The fight was initially scheduled for Sept. 21 in Carson, California. In addition to a new date, the fight now has a new venue, the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fans will have the option to watch the fight globally via the streaming service Triller, or through traditional methods. Currently, there are no plans to allow fans to attend the event due to the coronavirus.
Indeed, even as Tyson spoke from his home during the press conference, he wore a preventative facemask.
Other precautions are being taken due to the age of the two fighters in the main event. Tyson’s opponent the 51- year old Roy Jones Jr., last fought in 2018. The fight will be contested over eight two-minute rounds rather than the more traditional three-minute rounds.
"I'm sure they had their reasons, but the women fight two minutes," Tyson said. "But this is bigger than me, it's not all about me, so who am I to talk. I'm just happy that we're doing it."


Wenger lauds ‘genius’ of Fenerbahce-bound Ozil

Wenger lauds ‘genius’ of Fenerbahce-bound Ozil
Updated 19 January 2021

Wenger lauds ‘genius’ of Fenerbahce-bound Ozil

Wenger lauds ‘genius’ of Fenerbahce-bound Ozil
  • The 32-year-old, who is the club’s highest earner, has not played since March 2020

LONDON: Arsene Wenger has hailed the “genius” of Mesut Ozil after the Arsenal outcast confirmed he was leaving the Premier League club to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The former Arsenal boss signed the German playmaker in 2013 but the relationship has turned sour under current manager Mikel Arteta.

The 32-year-old, who is the club’s highest earner, on a reported weekly salary of £350,000 ($475,000), has not played since March 2020. But Wenger said the former Germany international, who won the World Cup in 2014, was a rare talent.

“Mesut is like if you imagine an orchestra in music,” the Frenchman told beIN Sports Turkey.

“He’s a guy who plays the ball at the right time. The timing of his pass is exceptional, but the creativity of his pass is as well.

“In every situation he confronts, he gives the right answer and that is genius.”

Ozil has claimed he is in good physical condition despite his lengthy period on the sidelines but Wenger said his former player would take a few games to build up his “competitive fitness.”

“If his basic fitness in training is good, it will only take him three or four games to be at his best,” said Wenger.

“The quality that he has is... vision in depth. He sees quickly, he decides quickly and he realizes quickly what he sees. That is a quality you don’t find too often in our game.”

Wenger said Ozil would strengthen Fenerbahce’s bid to win the Turkish league for the first time since 2013/14.

“I’m sure that he’s frustrated at not having played,” he said. “His hunger must be absolutely (enormous) to play football again.

“Mesut is a guy who needs a warm environment and I believe he will find that more than anywhere else in Turkey.”

Ozil, who is of Turkish origin, was a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning side but after what he labelled “racist” attacks following the holders’ first-round exit at the 2018 tournament, he ended his international career.

Fenerbahce, one of Istanbul’s three big clubs, are currently second in the Turkish Super Lig behind Besiktas.