Mike Tyson makes stunning body transformation admission as Roy Jones Jr brands the pair ‘freaks’ ahead of exhibition fight date
Mike Tyson says he is at his lowest weight since his teens ahead of his exhibition match with Roy Jones Jr at the end of November.
Iron Mike, 54, and Captain Hook, 51, will meet in the ring at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as they both turn the clock back.
Tyson hasn’t fought for 15 years and last tipped the scales at 16.6st when he was forced to quit the sport against Kevin McBride in 2005 but with his renewed passions and incredible vigour he’s whipped himself back into incredible shape.
In recent months his social media has been full of inspiring footage of him readying for action which has impressed fight fans.
And now the legendary pugilist and former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world has revealed just how much he has trimmed down.
Tyson said: “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.”
On debut, against Hector Mercedes in 1985, he weighed in at 15.3st.
Tyson’s opponent, Jones, only retired in 2018 after a stunning career but he has also been left amazed by Iron Mike’s training videos, branding the pair ‘freaks’.
He said: “I think he looked awesome. He looked very good. I was really proud to see him bounce back the way he did.
“Most guys, at 54, they start counting themselves out. When I came in at 32 years old, you are considered an old guy.
“You couldn’t box anymore. Now to see Mike hit the body bag like that, the way he is doing it. It’s phenomenal. It’s crazy. We are freaks.”