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."


Manchester United face acid test of title credentials at Liverpool

Manchester United face acid test of title credentials at Liverpool
Updated 17 January 2021

Manchester United face acid test of title credentials at Liverpool

Manchester United face acid test of title credentials at Liverpool
  • Jurgen Klopp’s men could drop to fifth place on Sunday if results go against them

LONDON: Liverpool and Manchester United face off on Sunday as the Premier League’s top two teams for the first time since 1997 — with the rivalry between England’s most successful clubs rekindled by a fascinating title race.

United top the table after the New Year for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 thanks to an 11-match unbeaten run to take them past Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Liverpool have surrendered top spot after three league games without a win and could drop to fifth place on Sunday if results go against them.

The last time United and Liverpool locked horns in a title race was 12 years ago.

Back then United were hardened winners under Ferguson, who saw off Rafael Benitez’s challengers to win a third consecutive league title.

Now it is United who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits are the “hunters” chasing the champions.

Ferguson, who arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 with United firmly in Liverpool’s shadow, once famously said his goal was to knock them “off their perch” and he went on to win 13 league titles.

But United have been displaced as top dogs even in their own city by Manchester City.

And fans have been forced to watch Klopp spearhead another era of glory at Anfield, winning the Champions League in 2019 before ending the club’s 30-year wait for a league title last season — putting them just one behind United’s record tally of 20.

But, in a strange and at times soulless season in empty stadiums, the relentless consistency shown by Liverpool in recent
years has dropped off.

Hampered by a series of injuries, most notably to talismanic center-back Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have already dropped more points in 17 games than they have in either of the past two seasons.

That has allowed United to overtake them despite a slow start to their own campaign.

Solskjaer’s men won just two of their opening six games, suffering a humiliating 6-1 reverse at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford.

But, on the road, United’s form has been remarkably consistent. Come Sunday, it will be almost a year to the day since they last lost an away game in domestic competition — on their last visit
to Anfield.

Since then Bruno Fernandes’ arrival has helped transform United’s fortunes. On Friday, the Portugal playmaker won his fourth Premier League player-of-the-month award in 2020 by picking up the prize for December.

“Unfortunately a good signing for United,” said Klopp.

“He is a very influential player for United obviously, involved in a lot of things.

“I know people talk mostly about the goal involvements, which is very important stuff, but he is a link-up in a lot of other situations as well.”

Without the silverware on his CV to rival Klopp or City boss Pep Guardiola, Solskjaer’s credentials for one of the biggest jobs in football are questioned every time he has a couple of bad results.

But the Norwegian has guided United into a position his more storied predecessors, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, could not manage.

“The last few years, there have been two teams running away with it already by the end of October,” said Solskjaer.

“Now, at least, we’re in it at half-way. We’re a much better side now than a year ago.”

Questions remain over whether United’s revival is for real or another false dawn, of which there have been several in the post-Ferguson era.

Liverpool’s three-decade drought without a league title stands as a warning of how far even giants can fall.

One of Klopp’s first iconic phrases when taking charge in 2015 was his ambition to change the fatalism around the club’s mentality from “doubter to believer.”

Should United become the first visiting side to win at Anfield in the league for nearly four years, it is they who will have the new-found confidence that a 21st league title in 2021 is possible.