MIKE TYSON’S boxing return against Roy Jones Jr has reportedly been postponed until November 28.
The former world champions are due to face-off in an eight-round exhibition fight on September 12 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in California.
Now it seems fans who are eager to see the Baddest Man on the Planet’s in-ring comeback will have to wait a little longer.
Ring Magazine now claims Tyson vs Jones Jr has been shifted back until later in the year.
They state it is due to Iron Mike’s team feeling they can further maximise revenue by rescheduling the event.
A meeting is believed to have been held between both camps, with Jones also agreeing to the move.
It’s understood the showdown will still be in the same venue, although it looks likely no fans will be able to attend.
The executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, Andy Foster, has already confirmed there will be no judges scoring the fight so the only way to win is via knockout.
But he said: “We can’t mislead the public as to this is some kind of real fight.
“They can get into it a little bit, but I don’t want people to get hurt. They know the deal.
“It’s an exhibition. They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other.
“They’re going to spar hard, but they shouldn’t be going for a knockout. This isn’t a record-book type of fight.
“This is not world championship boxing right now. It’s not what this is. People shouldn’t be getting knocked out.
“The public can see what kind of shape Roy and Mike are still in.”
Tyson is participating in a series of shows on social media app Triller during the build-up.
In his latest episode, he said: “My ego’s f***ing with me and I’m saying, ‘N***a, you think you fly? You ain’t s***.
“An amateur can get in here and kick your ass, you better get on top of your game.
“You want to get embarrassed in front of these f***ing people?’
“Then the other ego says, ‘F*** you n***a, watch what I’m gonna do.’”
Concerns have been raised regarding the 54-year-old stepping back between the ropes to battle fellow veteran Jones, aged 51.
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But Tyson says: “My mentality is just what it’s always been.
“How do I say this? I’m an annihilator… Man for man I don’t think nobody can match me.
“I’m the greatest fighter since the conception of God, how could I not take this opportunity up?”