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.
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 TysonOnTriller.com Saturday at 9pm ET @Triller #TysonJones @MikeTyson @Royjonesjrofficial” tweeted Adesanya.
Ring-side analyst for this historic night. Live on Pay-Per-View through your cable/satellite provider and on https://t.co/2d0fCeiZuG Saturday at 9pm ET @Triller #TysonJones @MikeTyson @Royjonesjrofficial pic.twitter.com/oUoLnogVXS
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) November 23, 2020
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.