Sonnen: Tyson Fight Is For Profit, Not Charity

Chael Sonnen is excited to watch Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. square off but says it’s “a sham” to pretend the fight is for charity

JRSportBrief
July 24, 2020 - 8:17 am
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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.”