Sonnen: Tyson Fight Is For Profit, Not Charity

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Well, it’s happening. Mike Tyson is returning to the ring.

The 54-year-old will fight Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition on Sept. 12 in Carson, California. The fight will be available on pay-per-view and Triller, which will air a 10-part docuseries ahead of the match.

Former MMA fighter Chael Sonnen is pumped for the fight but has just one problem: he wants the charity charade to stop.

“Don’t get fooled: these guys aren’t going out there to be nice,” Sonnen told JR SportBrief. “I love that fight. I can’t believe he’s stepping in there with Roy. That’s a hard night out. Let’s see what happens, but I know Mike is getting very good training.”

Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) last fought in 2005, losing to Kevin McBride. Jones, meanwhile, last fought in 2018, beating Scott Sigmon in a cruiserweight bout. The 51-year-old is 66-9 with 47 KOs.

It’ll be an interesting fight, Sonnen says, but again, it’s not for charity; it’s for money.

“Shame on whoever the promoter is for trying to come out and pretend this is for charity; this is for profit,” Sonnen said. “Say what it is. There’s no problem with that, but don’t be a liar.”

Sonnen believes Jones would acknowledge that.

“I know Roy,” Sonnen said. “Roy’s not going to lie about it. This is for profit. You’re not getting in there with Mike Tyson [for charity]. I wouldn’t get in with him either if there wasn’t some money on the line. To act as though it’s for charity, though, what a joke. I’m disappointed in that. They’re pretending this is for charity; shame on them. It’s not. Mike Tyson was very upfront. He said, ‘The first ones to the table with $1 million gets me to sign a contract.’ Somebody came with $1 million and he signed a contract. To pretend it’s for charity, what a sham. That’s disgusting.”