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World News – CA – Jones coach says only a ‘legend’ could keep an icon in the ring after Tyson fight

ROY JONES JR will put the gloves back on one last time when he takes on Mike Tyson - and only a "legend" can convince him otherwise. The American four-division champion faces Tyson on…

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ROY JONES JR will put the gloves back on one last time when he fights Mike Tyson – and only a «  legend  » could convince him otherwise

It comes 15 years after Iron Mike’s last fight, when he quit after six rounds against Irishman Kevin McBride

Jones, on the other hand, didn’t retire until 2018, ending his career with four straight wins in America, but against unknown opposition

Now 51, he was convinced he would make another comeback with the opportunity to finally fight the one who escaped after winning the heavyweight belt in 2003

This will be his 76th fight, and possibly last, in his career unless an opponent of the caliber of Evander Holyfield or Bernard Hopkins steps in to challenge the American icon

Jones coach Tom Yankello told SunSport: « I don’t think he would fight to fight again

« There were discussions, like Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver saying they would like to fight again

« He hasn’t really commented too much but I just know if any of these guys were to present this challenge, I can’t see him refusing

« I know these two guys, and he’s never said it before, but someone like Evander Holyfield, they would spark his interest in boxing again

Jones defeated Hopkins at middleweight in 1993, but lost his light heavyweight rematch 17 years later

Likewise, he beat Tarver in 2003, but would lose the other two in their trilogy series

Tarver, 51, Hopkins, 55 and Holyfield, 57, have revealed they will be coming out of retirement following news that Tyson will fight again

Jones is the most active of fighting legends, defeating Scott Sigmon just two years ago

Trainer Yankello – who runs the world-class boxing channel on YouTube – quit working with the old ledger for pound in 2014

But they bonded once again after Jones announced he would welcome Tyson to the ring

And Jones rolled back the clock in the gym, leaving padman Yankello in shock at the speed of his shots

« I don’t think the speed of his hand has decreased at all, he’s as fast as when I worked with him nine, almost ten years ago

« His mobility may not be quite the same but he still has great agility, he has kept himself in great shape »

Yankello believes the qualities that have made Jones a middleweight and super middleweight legend also provide him with the ‘blueprint’ to beat Tyson

He said: « A lot of the things he’s done in the lightweight, middleweight and super middleweight classes will be the things he brings to the table for this fight.

« Knowing what plan has given Mike Tyson trouble in the past is something Roy does very well

« This fight is at the heavyweight but he has the skills of a middleweight or super-middleweight and the heavyweights are bigger guys who carry more power but the skills of the guys at the lower weights have been and are always better « 

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World News – CA – Jones coach says only ‘legend’ could keep icon in ring after Tyson fight

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