MIKE TYSON and Roy Jones Jr will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles next month - and tonight they are fielding questions at their first press conference.
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Tyson hints this may not be the last time he gets in the ring.
He says: “The last time I was this weight was 17 or 18 years old
“I’m really happy with everything I’ve been doing, it’s down to confidence and self affirmation.
“It’s amazing, I’m just ready to do this. I can’t explain it in words.
“I’m going to go as long as this is working. My legend is going to be that I gave a lot more than I took.”
Both fighters insist that this will be a full-on battle despite technically being an exhibition.
Tyson says: “You got Mike Tyson and Roy Jones and I’m coming to fight and he’s coming to fight and that’s all you need to know.”
Jones Jr adds: “The last guy who did an exhibition with Mike got dropped in the first round.
“This is an exhibition? C'mon!”
Jones Jr has some kind words for Tyson's epic recovery.
He explains: “I think he looks awesome, I was very proud to see him bounce back the way he did.
“To see him hit the pads and bodybag the way he's doing it's phenomenal, it's crazy.
“But we’re freaks, we’re two of the most explosives guys to be in a boxing ring.
“I’m so fast people think I'm speeding this up. Two legends like that, how can you not get right?”
Reflecting on his last time in a boxing ring, Tyson says: “I was happy to leave the ring.
“I was dreading being it at the time, I was fighting for financial purposes.
“I was on drugs at the time, I was a whole different person back then.
“I’m ready to do this and I’m feeling great.”
'CAN'T SAY NO'
Jones Jr admits he could not turn down the opportunity to fight Iron Mike.
He says: “Everyone is faced with adversity right now, so you want to be a person who gives them something to look forward to.
“When you get the biggest adversity to ever knock on your door, to ring your phone, how can you say no?”
Asked why he’s come back to the ring, Tyson explains:
“I feel magnificent. I've been training, someone gave me a proposition to fight.
“It went from Shannon Briggs to someone else and now I’m fighting Roy.”
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Paul already wound up here, exclaiming: “You're dumb Nate.
“You’re the one talking s**t on Instagram.
“Shut up, you know you’re boring and you know you suck.
“You sure as hell don’t know how to box. I’ll bounce your head off the canvas.”
Robinson already digging out Paul and his brother Logan.
He says: “You see his brother on the Disney channel
“I follow Jake’s YouTube, how can you not, he’s already interrupting the interview already, very disrespectful.
“It’s going to be fun seeing him. You and your brother only fight YouTubers, you’re going to fight a real athlete, I’ll beat your a**.”
Paul a bit late tuning in, saying he’s at the hospital for a check-up.
Trying to brush it off, he jokes: “My team was afraid I was turning into Iron Man
“I punched a hole in a car.”
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Jake Paul and Nate Robinson up next here.
McKernan ends with one last parting shot at Jack.
He sniped: “Jack's on a downward trajectory in his career, I'm going up.”
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Jack is unflustered by McKernan's promise.
He responds: “My team is telling me he's been talking crazy so who's overlooking who?
“I've fought eight world champs back to back, he’s a club level fighter.
“We gave this guy an opportunity, he don’t deserve to be on this stage.
“Show a little respect. He reminds me of Peter Magnelli, that’s how he talks.”
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
McKernan believes he is being unfairly written off.
He said: “It’s comical to me. The number one rule should be never underestimate anyone.
“In boxing never look past the fight that’s in front of you.
“You have no idea about their skill set and what they can do.
“Badou Jack has never shared the ring with a man of the calibre like myself.
“‘I’ve been overseas, fought in wars, I’ve looked death in the eyes countless times.
“Staring at him across the ring doesn’t intimidate me, I’m prepped for war and ready for battle.
“Jack is just one of the people standing in my way at the moment.”
Jack on fine form this evening.
He continues: “I’m not used to fighting before a couple of YouTubers, but it is what it is.
“It’s not a typical fight card but I'm not mad. This is for the kids.”
It sparked a fierce response from McKernan, saying: “I think they’re overlooking me, I'm no threat, an easy pay day.
“That's something they shouldn't have done. Picking me for this fight was the wrong decision.
“I’ve been prepping my entire life for this moment and will seize it.”
Shots fired already here.
Jack says: “I was not familiar with him and still am not.
“I guess this is the guy they picked and it's just another day at the office.”
Here is Badou Jack and Blake McKernan for the next round of questions…
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr's fight will take place at the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles.
It will be the first event to be held at the arena since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
But fans will still not be allowed to attend.
Riley is ready to show what he can bring to the big stage.
He said: “This is extremely important, it’s major exposure to the traditional boxing world.
“I’ve got a great following through my other ventures.
“This is a good statement for me to prove my skills and show what I know in the ring.”
Coulter is adamant he will stand his ground despite being labelled the underdog against Riley.
He explained: “I took a fight in the UFC on my debut on nine days’ notice in front of 20,000 people
“I’ve fought on huge stages. I’m built for pressure and some are not.
“When people fight me, they feel they never want to fight me again because I push them to that point of quitting.”
COULT AND DRY
Coulter is grateful for being given the opportunity to fight on such an exciting card.
He said: “It didn't surprise me a door was open on a card of this magnitude.
“I heard he's been around for a long time. The reason they’ve given me the opportunity is they think it's going to be an easy fight.
“But I appreciate Viddal, Tyson and Jones for giving me such an opportunity.”
Asked about working with Floyd Mayweather, Viddal says: “It's been great, what I needed. I don't feel out of place.
“I'm destined to go to the same place.
“Working with people who have that attitude makes you want to fulfil these expectations.”
The fighters will all be interviewed by Helwani tonight and will be live from various locations.
KSI's trainer Viddal Riley first up..
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We're about to go live with the press conference!
ESPN combat sports analyst Ariel Helwani hosts, and it will feature all eight main event fighters.