Mike Tyson reveals why he is fighting Roy Jones Jr for free

Mike Tyson claims he won’t receive a penny from his boxing comeback as his purse will all go to charity.

It was confirmed the heavyweight legend will fight Roy Jones Jr on September 12 in an eight-round exhibition clash.

Mike Tyson reveals why he is fighting Roy Jones Jr for free

Tyson has lost six stone ahead of his upcoming bout

The fight comes 15 years after ‘Iron Mike’ hung up his gloves. He later became addicted to alcohol and cocaine.

He’s lost an incredible six stone for his comeback and Tyson believes his huge enthusiasm comes from wanting to do it for others.

He told TMZ Sports: “Now I’m doing it with a lot more enthusiasm because I’m doing it for someone else. It’s going to be for various charities.

“Nobody has to ever worry about me getting rich, or getting jealous, or saying I’m doing this for money.

“I’m not getting anything. I just feel good doing this because I can.”

Mike Tyson reveals why he is fighting Roy Jones Jr for free

Tyson, 54, will take on Jones Jr, who’s three years his junior

The bout is expected to make a small fortune as it will be available on pay-per-view and on social media platform, Triller.

There have even been suggestions Tyson turned down £16million for a bare-knuckle fight.

The 54-year-old reportedly blew his estimated £320m fortune at the height of his partying as he racked up a colossal £18m debt.

However, he’s since paid off his debts but revealed how much happier he is without a large amount of money as it ‘stops vultures taking money off him.’

He said earlier this month: “I’m happy I don’t have money anymore, I don’t have any money.

“Cause no one can take anything from me anymore. There are no vultures. Nobody out there trying to take anything from me. So I’m just happy.”

Mike Tyson reveals why he is fighting Roy Jones Jr for free

Tyson is viewed as one of the best boxers ever

Tyson has undergone a dramatic body transformation to get himself back into shape.

He added: “At one time I was just 90lbs over weight. I was doing cocaine, I was drinking and I said, Allah, if he can stop me from being this way, I’ll change my whole life.

“And eventually, I got married, my life started to change, and I started working out.

“My brother in law said, ‘hey listen. I know you don’t want to fight, but would you fight Bob Sapp?

“Somebody wants to offer you a lot of money to fight him. I said, ‘get out of here, I told you I don’t want to fight anymore.

“And then I thought about it in my mind and went ‘ding’ – I said I would fight [Sapp under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules] and for some reason, it went from Bob Sapp to somebody else, and this guy, and the next thing you know, I’m fighting Roy Jones Jr on September 12. I don’t know how this happened.

“I’m just very grateful that I’m not living the life that I was living before. Allah has blessed for me to be able to do this.

“I’m in great shape, but I’m going to get in better condition.

“I just did my four miles today, and I’m going to do my sprints later, and then I’m going to the boxing gym.”


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