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Mike Tyson shades Roy Jones Jr. in statement about fight postponement

Mike Tyson’s highly anticipated return to the ring has been pushed back. As part of his statement this week confirming the delay, Tyson delivered a metaphorical knockout blow at opponent Roy Jones Jr.’s expense.

The fight has been rescheduled to Nov. 28 from Sept. 12, meaning the bout will be held over Thanksgiving Day Weekend. Tyson issued a statement this week in which he explained why the switch was made. He also shaded Jones by claiming his opponent has little chance of matching up with him in the ring.

“Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history,” Tyson said in a statement, per TMZ Sports.

“This temporary inconvenience will last longer than Roy Jones Jr. He better be ready, I’m coming full force.”

A statement from Triller, the company behind the fight, also noted how intense interest in the bout led to the decision to reschedule it.

“Given the enormous interest, the holiday weekend will make this historic battle an even bigger viewing event,” the company said in a statement … “marking the first live Pay-Per-View event brought to the world by Triller as the first of the ‘Triller Battles’ series.”

Tyson of course has been in the news quite a bit recently due to how the boxing legend has been teasing a potential return to the ring in some capacity at the age of 54. There has been some push back in the boxing world from a pretty big name over concerns about the fight, however.

While it may sound somewhat absurd, footage shared by Tyson himself on social media of late establishes how he remains in remarkably good shape and still possesses impressive speed and intimidating power at his advanced age.

What’s more, Tyson’s return to the pop culture spotlight has been a successful one on several fronts in recent months.

Meanwhile, a far as the Tyson-Jones Jr. bout is concerned, it is expected to be fully sanctioned and scored by a recognized sanctioning body. The winner will also receive a specially-commissioned belt.