Chris Eubank Jr reveals he is SPARRING with trainer Roy Jones Jr to help him prepare for Mike Tyson comeback exhibition fight
Chris Eubank Jr has told talkSPORT he is sparring with Roy Jones Jr to help get him ready for his upcoming fight against Mike Tyson.
The 51-year-old Jones Jr will face 54-year-old ‘Iron Mike’ in an exhibition bout on September 12 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in California.
Eubank Jr linked up with the former four-weight world champion at the start of lockdown and has since cemeted him as his full-time coach.
He said on talkSPORT Fight Night: “I just never dreamed I would be in this situation where I’m being trained by one of the best ever, somebody I looked up to and idolised as a kid.
“And now I’m training with him every day, sparring with him.
“Obviously I’ve got to get him in shape for this fight he’s got with Mike, but just a lot of learning.
“A lot of one-on-one time spent on focussing and mastering these little things that I guess I lost track of over the years.”
Regarding the exhibition, Eubank Jr continued: “I’ve got a front row view into what Roy is doing to prepare for Mike and I’m helping him.
“This is something that I never dreamed in a million years I would be doing, helping Roy Jones to fight Mike Tyson.
“How are we here, how has this happened? But yeah, it really is happening.
“I’m actually going to Pittsburg with him in a couple days and we’re gonna do some training out there.
“Mike Tyson and Roy Jones are two of my favourite fighters of all time.
“I never ever thought I would be watching a fight and rooting against Mike Tyson.
“Mike Tyson is a hero of mine, but I’m in this crazy position where I’ve got two heroes and they’re fighting and I can’t go against Roy.
“I’ve been with him every day for the last five months so I’m actually in this weird position where I wanna see one of my heroes not win.
“I don’t know how prepared Mike is.
“He looks great in his little 30-second clips on Instagram, but eight rounds against Roy Jones is a different thing.
“Roy has been active. He had a fight like two years ago.
“He’s the type of guy, boxing is everything to Roy. I’m not saying it’s not everything to Mike, but I think after Mike retired, boxing became something he used to do and he lived another life.
“Roy has never lived any other life, he’s in the gym every day and he loves it.”