Roy Jones Jr has warned Mike Tyson he will be ‘in trouble’ should he fail to down him with an early onslaught during their highly-anticipated exhibition bout.
The two boxing icons will face each other at the September 12 showdown in California, and Jones Jr is bullish about his chances ahead of what will be Tyson’s first fight in 15 years.
Iron Mike has undergone a rigorous training programme in recent months, having openly admitted to his desire to return to the ring, and his slugfest with Jones Jr was confirmed on Thursday.
His opponent, who is widely viewed as one of the finest pound-for-pound boxers in the history of the sport, is confident he will be able outmatch Tyson with his formidable blend of quickness and hard hitting.
He TMZ Sports: ‘Not only does Mike look like a killer, Mike is a killer. But the whole thing people need to realise is, Mike is a killer, Mike is not a cheetah.
‘Mike’s got to go kill quick, if he don’t kill quick he’s got problems on his hands.
‘If he can’t kill quick then he is fighting one of the smartest, savviest guys to ever do things. If he don’t kill quick then he’s in trouble.’
The eight-round pay-per-view clash has been dubbed ‘Frontline Battle’ – and it is expected to be fought in 12oz gloves with no headgear.
Yahoo Sports reported the bout will be held at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Jones Jr stepped away from boxing in February 2018 but had developed an impressive reputation. He held titles in four different weight classes – middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight – during his career.
But the 51-year-old is adamant he will not be drawn into a battle of blows with Tyson, and instead hopes to halt his opponent’s charge before inflicting damage in the latter rounds.
‘I’m not going to go out there and try to collide with him in the first round – take him out like I’m a fool,’ he added.
‘He’s good early, he’s still a strong lion, but he’s got a cheetah mentality, a cheetah mentality means I gotta get it quick, if he don’t get it quick, it belongs to me then.’