Roy Jones Jr. could pull out of Mike Tyson fight: “Not acceptable”

"That’s the biggest issue..."

If not financially compensated for date changes, former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr may actually pull out of his scheduled boxing fight with Mike Tyson.

The two have been slated to meet in a comeback exhibition boxing bout between two respected legends. The original date was set to be September 12th, but that was pushed back to November 28th due to Covid-19 restrictions. Jones Jr is not happy with the changes to his personal schedule, and if not financially compensated for the loss of time he is now threatening to scrap the bout.

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“I’ve had to cancel other stuff to be out here, it’s upset my calendar, I’ve got to change things,” Jones Jr told the Daily Mail.

“That’s why we have to table bulls**t now. That’s the biggest issue, I’m not a full time boxer anymore so I do other things to make an income. If I can’t do other things then I should be compensated for that, because it changes the schematics. It’s not acceptable.”

“We’re trying to figure something out, my lawyers is (sic) talking with their lawyers, trying to figure out ways to make it a better situation so that I can compensated for it, that is more beneficial for me to do.”

“If they don’t make it make sense, it (the fight) would be off,” He added.

So far Tyson has not responded to these claims. Since Tyson announced his return to boxing earlier this year, fighters from the likes of Tito Ortiz to Shannon Briggs have been reported as serving as opposition, perhaps another opponent would have been more ideal considering the current circumstances.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com