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Israel Adesanya set to appear as ringside analyst for the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr fight

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Israel Adesanya, the undefeated UFC middleweight champion of the world is set for ringside analyst duty for the highly anticipated fight between two boxing Hall of Famers- Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.

Israel Adesanya to be present at the historic Tyson vs Jones this Saturday night

The iconic fight is set to take place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on 28th November as former undisputed heavyweight world champion “Iron Mike”, 54, will be stepping inside the ring to take on former four-division world champion “Junior” Jones, 51, for an eight-round exhibition boxing match.

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The star-studded night, which will also feature Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson (cruiserweights-6 rounds), Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan (light heavyweights-8 rounds) and Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter (cruiserweights-6 rounds) in the main card, will also have the presence of “The Last Stylebender”, the reigning middleweight king of the octagon to analyse and opine on Tyson vs Jones.

“Ring-side analyst for this historic night. Live on Pay-Per-View through your cable/satellite provider and on Saturday at 9pm ET @Triller #TysonJones @MikeTyson @Royjonesjrofficial” tweeted Adesanya.

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Despite being a ringside analyst, stepping into boxing is going backwards for Israel Adesanya

Although slated to make a presence in the boxing scene, Israel Adesanya has previously asserted that he has no desire to take the path of a pugilist, considering it as a ‘step backwards’.

“Everyone keeps saying the same thing to me. You should go into boxing after a few UFC fights,” the MMA icon said in an interview in February, “Why would I limit myself to just two weapons out of my eight limbs which I can use? I feel like it’s a step backwards.”

“There’s no need to go to boxing to make that kind of money. We can do it right here in the UFC,” Adesanya added.

The 20-0 middleweight champion defended his belt against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on 27th September 2020 at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, defeating the contender via a 2nd round knockout, marking his second straight middleweight title defense.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.


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