Mike Tyson will face Roy Jones Jr. in 8-round September exhibition

Mlive reports Mike Tyson proclaimed it during one of his viral training videos, and now it’s for real.

He’s back.

The 54-year-old former heavyweight champion will return to the boxing ring Sept. 12 for an 8-round exhibition against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. in California, an event that will be broadcast on pay-per-view and the multimedia platform Triller.

Tyson (50-6) hasn’t fought since losing to Kevin McBride in 2005. The 51-year-old Jones (66-9) was actually last in the ring in 2018, finishing off a professional career that spanned three decades.

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“It is because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too,” Tyson told ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday while confirming the fight. “Just because we are 54. It doesn’t mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do and I’m sure that other people feel the same way.”

“I never took that many punches. After the last fight I had, I left and I lived my life, and I’ve been through some experiences and now I’m back here. I feel like I took better care of my body and my state of mind than most of the fighters before me that retired and came back.”

In May, Tyson posted a workout video of him hitting the mitts and showing some flashes of his trademark speed. Buzz increased with a second training montage, and talk began of a return to the ring. Names such as Evander Holyfield, whom Tyson fought three times, were floated, but eventually things circled back to Jones.