Mike Tyson has opened up about his upcoming exhibition match against fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and the difficulties he encountered while preparing for the fight.
During his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Sept. 4, Tyson said he anticipates that his highly-anticipated exhibition match with Jones will be violent. The 54-year-old is also confident that despite having been inactive for years, both of them will put on a great show for the fans.
Of course it is, Tyson predicted. Because both of us are who we are, and we’re gonna show our skills and nobody’s gonna look stupid. It’s just going to be interesting, I think. I’m just prepared to do a lot of running and chasing. That was real difficult to get into condition for, chasing this little guy around the ring.
Tyson was already getting in shape prior to agreeing to fight Jones. “Iron Mike” looked incredible for his age in training clips and was able to convince fans that he still got it.
However, the former world heavyweight champion revealed that though he may have made it look easy, he actually endured a tremendous amount of pain.
Getting in shape and getting conditioned are two different animals, Tyson explained. They don’t even belong in the same division of working out. Getting in shape is getting able to fit in your clothes. Being in condition is being able to come outside of your soul. You can’t do that automatically. The emotional state to prepare for that is mind-boggling.