Roy Jones Jr admits he’s contemplated dying in Mike Tyson fight
Roy Jones Jr revealed he has considered the possibility of dying in his upcoming fight with Mike Tyson.
The 51-year-old is due to face off against his 54-year-old rival on November 28 in an exhibition bout consisting of eight, two-minute rounds.
To promote the event, Jones Jr appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast for an in-depth conversation, which delved into how the match came about.
During a discussion about fighters dying in the ring, he said: “You get hit by Mike Tyson, anything can happen to you. Mike Tyson is not just an ordinary puncher.
“He’s one of those guys who can do just that to you.
“So you should know what you’re going into and you should be ready for that because this Mike.
“For me, I don’t really give a damn. I fight for a living. I’ll be ready to die for my spot.
“I ain’t tripping at all because I know that death is a probability. That can happen to anybody.
“And I know it can happen to me even more going in there with somebody as dangerous as Mike Tyson.
“Problem with me is – why I love what I love and I do what I do is because I love boxing.
“So if I’ve gotta die boxing I’m gonna die a happy man.
“I mean there’s probably one or two other ways I’d rather go, but if I went that way I’m not mad at that.
“Because I knew that when I started boxing. I knew that people get hurt in this, some people don’t get out of this alive.
“So if that’s how you gotta go, you gotta know that.
“But if you ain’t that game, if you ain’t that committed to what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be talking to me about boxing. Because that’s what boxing is.”