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Roy Jones anticipates Mike Tyson to come out firing in round one

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Former four-division champion Roy Jones Jr. has continued training hard in preparation for his upcoming showdown with former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

The two are scheduled to collide on pay-per-view in an eight-round exhibition clash on November 28th in Los Angeles.

There will be larger gloves, but no headgear and the fight will be scored by judges.

Jones, 51-years-old, has been out of the ring for over two years.

And Tyson, 54-years-old, has been out of the ring since getting stopped by Kevin McBride in 2005.

Jones has transitioned to a trainer in recent years and is currently preparing with some of his students.

“Man, with training these guys like Chris Eubank, they inspire me to get my mind going,” said Jones Jr. to Sky Sports.

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“They’re so good already, but you’ve got to take their mind to another level. You’ve got to take them somewhere they haven’t been yet, or you can’t really train them.

“When they do it, they also awaken me. Things that I forgot, that I don’t do anymore. It turns me back into a better fighter because it made me remember things that I did once upon a time.”

Jones does not rule out the possibility of Tyson trying to take him out early.

“When it comes time to fight, we’re going to fight. If it comes down to bite, we’re going to bite. Whatever has to happen, is going to happen, that’s just what it is,” Jones said.

“He’s still Mike Tyson, he’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy, he’s the explosive guy.

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“He’s going to have all the first-round fireworks, not me. I do have first-round fireworks, but he’s known for more first-round fireworks than anybody to ever touch boxing, other than maybe George Foreman. With him having the first-round fireworks, he’ll be against a guy smaller than him, maybe 40-50 pounds smaller than him.”

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