UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has agreed to box against heavyweight legend Mike Tyson under the condition that ‘Iron Mike’ grants him a rematch under MMA rules. Tyson seemingly called out Jones during a recent conversation with Charlie Mack. The 53-year-old was discussing the ongoing pay dispute between the UFC and Jones when he commented that the 205lb great would need to fight him to earn “super money,” he said.
“Listen to this, UFC is more popular than boxing, right? Higher ratings, right? But a UFC fighter will never be richer than a first-class fighter. To make a $100 million, Conor McGregor had to fight Floyd Mayweather. Jon Jones got to fight me if he wants to make some super money,”
Jones has become aware of the callout from Tyson and has since responded to accept the fight on the condition that a rematch is under MMA rules, he said.
“I’m listening Mike Tyson. I’ll box you in the ring if you promise to give me a real fight in the octagon afterwards. And because I respect you so much, I promise I won’t break anything on you.”
Jones is currently taking a hiatus from the sport of MMA as his pay dispute with UFC president Dana White rages on. White claims Jones asked for obscene money, similar to what Deontay Wilder makes (about $30 million) to step up in weight to take on feared heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou. Jones has denied asking for that type of money and publicly relinquished his belt. Right now, he is focused on things outside of fighting. Jones took an active role in stopping vandals during riots in Albuquerque and has since offered to help rebuild small businesses negatively impacted by looting.
Tyson is gearing up for a surprise return to the ring. The youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history has been posting training clips which show he still has ferocious power in both hands. He was thought to be in line to face long-time rival Evander Holyfield who has also announced his return to boxing.
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