Roy Jones Jr. Threatens to Pull Out of Mike Tyson Fight

We’ve been watching the Mike Tyson training videos and they’ve made us actually excited for his fight with Roy Jones Jr. The fight got postponed from September 12th until November 28th, and the logistics of this delay have led Jones to threaten to pull out of the fight.

The fight is being hosted by the streaming app Triller, which moved the date in part due to the hope they could have fans. Jones tells Daily Mail that he planned his year around fighting in September, and that if they make money from having fans he should get a cut of it.

“Why would I change the date and mess up the rest of my year when I agreed to September 12,” Jones asked. “They said they wanted to get a crowd, if you want to get a crowd, that’s a different type of money. If you want a big event, that’s a different type of money. You think I’m going to say, okay, let’s look at my money, but I’m not getting no better percent. How dumb is that to me? So let’s see what happens.”

Jones has some fair points here — he says his lawyers are talking to their lawyers; hopefully an equitable resolution is reached.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Roy is the GOAT in the past 30-years, more accomplished and the better pound-for-pound fighter than Floyd, Manny, Loma, etc. Also a great boxing commentator. Kind of sad that he seems to be having money problems and hopefully he earns a big cut from the Tyson PPV!

  2. Roy Jones Jr in his prime was a very special fighter one of the all time greats i hope he doesn’t need the money he sure made plenty of it at this stage it’s about maintaining good health. This will not be easy for Tyson if Jones is healthy look out he is a tough cat.

  3. Looking for clarification. When he says “but I’m not getting no better percent” is he meaning that he won’t get any of the attendance money or just that he won’t get a bigger percent of the overall money made? If it’s the former then I agree he should obviously get a percentage of the attendance money. But if he’s slated to let’s say 50% of the total $ made (including attendance), then he’s going to be making money on attendance. In which case, I wouldn’t side with his opinion

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