‘I’d kick his a** anyway’: Mike Tyson claims on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show he would beat recently retired UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing fight with legend set to come out of retirement for Roy Jones Jr showdown in September
- Mike Tyson won 44 of his bouts by knockout and was a two-time world champion
- However, the 54-year-old boxing legend’s last fight came way back in 2005
- But he insists he would still beat Conor McGregor if they played boxing rules
- Tyson has been preparing for his exhibition comeback against Roy Jones Jr
The 54-year-old boxing legend is coming out of retirement to take on Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition showdown on 12 September.
Tyson won 44 of his bouts by knockout and was a two-time world heavyweight champion during his career.
Mike Tyson has spectacularly claimed that he would ‘kick Conor McGregor’s a**’ in a fight
Retired UFC star McGregor was defeated in his first and only professional boxing match
His last fight however came all the way back in 2005, but he remains totally confident that he would retain the edge over several fighting icons.
When asked about UFC legend McGregor on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Tyson responded: ‘I’d kick his ass anyway, we’ll play boxing rules.’
While appearing on the show, the American also claimed he would brush aside fictional characters Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago with relative ease.
Tyson however is preparing for an exhibition comeback against Roy Jones Jr in September
Recently-retired UFC star McGregor lost his first and only professional boxing match three years ago to Floyd Mayweather.
However, despite his latest claims, Tyson actually praised the 32-year-old Irishman earlier this year for the way he handled himself on his in-ring debut.
He said on his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast in May: ‘He never really had a boxing match in his life, right. He went 10 rounds with the greatest fighter in the last 100 years of boxing.
‘He went 10 rounds, scored punches on the greatest boxer in the last 100 years.
Tyson was speaking on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show when he said he would beat McGregor
‘Did he do something? Did he accomplish something? People should look who he had the fight against and look what he did when he fought against him.’
McGregor was grateful for the adulation and responded on social media by writing: ‘Thank you Mike and just know that for the inevitable rematch, with the knowledge I now hold of Floyd’s style, plus under the tutelage of my old school boxing coach, I will crack the puzzle, and I will beat Floyd. I promise my life on it.
‘It’s great to see you back Iron Mike.’
Tyson however did praise the Irishman for his boxing debut on his own podcast in May