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Iron Mike, who dominated the heavyweight division in the eighties and part of the nineties, will be shown early Sunday morning in an exhibition game with Roy Jones Jr. lace his gloves again. The weigh-in for the highly anticipated bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles took place on Friday and both boxing legends looked fit and ready to growl. The former champions, who are billed as an eight-round exhibition, have more than assumed that they will give everything despite the ban on knockout games.
Twenty-four years ago, Tyson easily defeated Bruce Seldon in the first round to win the WBA Heavyweight Championship, as his friend Tupac watched from the stands.
But just hours later, the rapper was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting and died in hospital six days later.
And Tyson revealed during an interview with Power 106 Los Angeles how to meet Tupac that evening.
He said, “I spoke to him as a shy young child. I went to jail, he wrote me a letter and came to me.
« That’s how we became friends, we talked on the phone and we developed a relationship. I said to him, « If I go, you come in. ». « .
« We always said if we got out of prison we would conquer the world, everyone would know our names – that happened.
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Tyson stated that he was never allowed to see his boyfriend again, adding that « they would not let anyone see him » while he was in the hospital.
In 2012 he continued, “I was at home, I was at my house when I found out he had died too.
« He was ruthless, but we loved him – he was only human – we all have people in our family who push the envelope too far.
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« While boxers have had similar triumphs and awards throughout their careers, their paths to becoming superstars have been very different. «
Once dubbed « the baddest man in the world », Tyson beat the competition with incredible strength and intimidation to become the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990.
But he had apparently lost his hunger for fighting even before stepping into the ring for his final fight in 2005.
Jones, a former four-division champion, first made a name for himself as a middleweight before winning a heavyweight title in 2003 as the first middleweight champion in 106 years.
He would fight smaller opponents through his late forties, but as a result, he will have far less ring rust than Tyson considering he last fought in February 2018.
He competes against 10-year-old NBA veteran Nate Robinson, who makes his professional boxing debut at the age of 36.
The sub-map is expected to be at 21. 00:00 local time (1. 00:00 GMT). The main event will be between 4. 00 o’clock and 5. 00:00 GMT.
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