Tyson speaks about future of Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. matchup afer upset Tarver

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Published: May 16, 2004

The interest in a Mike Tyson- Roy Jones Junior matchup has always been very high in the past. Boxing public always wanted a definite answer what would happen if the boxer with the hardest punch would meet the boxer with (one of) the best counter style,…if power would meet speed,…..if pound-for-pound number 1 would meet a legend.
With the big money involved even Shelly Finkel showed interest talking about a possible matchup in 2005.

But the recent upset in the second Jones-Tarver fight has changed things dramatically. With one crushing left hand, Antonio Tarver knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the second round to win the light-heavyweight title.

While Jones doesn’t want to see Tarver again and stated rather to fight former champion Mike Tyson, Tyson has a different view on that.

Tyson, watching the fight at home on television, indicated he isn’t certain such a bout would be a good idea.

“I don’t know if anyone wants to see me fight Roy now,” Tyson said by telephone.

“I don’t know if people will still believe in that fight after what happened with Tarver.”

“I don’t know if anyone would buy it now,” Tyson said. “If that little man can do that to Roy, just imagine what I can do to him.”

Tyson did say that Roy is still the best out there in the sport. Reflecting on his own defeats, Tyson sent out some advice to Roy Jones, don’t give up and keep on fighting.

“I just hope Roy is OK,” Tyson said. “This is what can happen when you start to believe your press clippings. We can’t believe everything we read about ourselves. On any given night a guy can land one punch and knock you out. It happens. I don’t think Roy should give up. I still believe that he is the greatest fighter out there pound-for-pound.”

Future developments will now have to show if the Tyson-Jones Jr. matchup still is a credible possibility.

Updated: 5/17/2004

Sources: Seattle Times and boxingscene.com