Four months after staging a comeback, Mike Tyson is planning to return to the boxing ring. And this time, he wants to finish his opponent.
“I said, ‘Wow, this is interesting.’ And I want to do it again, and I want to do it against someone I could go all out on. It made me interested in wanting to do it again. I wanted to go the distance. I didn’t want to knock anybody out. That’s what people expected, but I wanted to go the distance.”
In fact, the fight’s regulators at the California State Athletic Commission explicitly said knockouts were not the goal at the exhibition bout and warned it could be stopped if things got out of hand. Despite that, the aging former champs availed themselves well over eight rounds, with the 54-year-old Tyson clearly outworking the 51-year-old Jones.
Tyson has entertained a trilogy with Evander Holyfield and been linked to rematches with Lennox Lewis or Buster Douglas. But he didn’t name an opponent for his May return.
“You MMA guys, if a guy’s got better hands, you can grab him,” Tyson said. “If you’re boxing and the guy has better hands, you’ve got to do a lot of thinking. It’s going to be a long night.”
Alvarez was a little more severe.
“Anybody can do whatever is they want or desire, but boxing is no joke,” he said according to Cejudo’s translation. “Nate Robinson had no reason to become a professional boxer. They left him half-dead after that fight. This isn’t a joke, either.”