Kevin McBride, who forced Mike Tyson into retirement, wants Iron Mike to beat Roy Jones Jr so he can ‘finish the job’
Kevin McBride, the last man to fight Mike Tyson, has revealed why he’ll be rooting for Iron Mike against Roy Jones Jr tonight.
Tyson, 54, makes his return to boxing after 15 years out of the ring where he’ll take on old enemy Jones Jr at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.
The former heavyweight world champion is viewed as one of the greatest in the history of the division, but his career came to a sorry end as unfancied McBride beat him convincingly in 2005.
Plenty have voiced their concerns about Tyson and Jones Jr, both in their 50s, having another professional bout.
Irishman McBride admits it’s not a good idea but is intrigued to see what type of Tyson will be on show.
“It’s very strange but Tyson is a mega-star, everybody is interested,” McBride told Sky Sports. “He’s still dangerous.
“Everyone wants to know what type of fighter he will be.
“He tried to bite my nipple off so maybe he will try to bite Jones Jr’s nose off!
“I don’t think it’s a good idea, no. But the thing about us fighters? We want to fight.”
If Tyson’s last fight is anything to go by then it’s very likely he’ll resemble a weak imitation of the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ fans came to know and love.
However, McBride, 47, is desperate to see Tyson win in the hope that it could lead to a rematch against him.
“I’d like to see him knock Jones out then say: ‘I want to fight the last man to beat me!’, McBride added.
“Of course I would love to mix it up with Tyson again. I would definitely give him a rematch and fight him again.
“I’d like an opportunity to finish the job.”
In some ways it was an easy win for McBride, but it was made harder by Tyson resorting to a number of questionable tactics in order to turn the fight in his favour.
And McBride shed further light on what it’s like to share the ring with the great.
“It was a dream for me to fight Tyson,” McBride said. “But to beat him?
“He had power and he was durable. George Foreman knocked out Michael Moore aged 44 – the last thing to leave you is power.
“Tyson is always dangerous, no matter his age. He will always be able to knock you out.
“He hit so hard that I can still feel the punch today!
“He hit me to the body and I felt something move on the other side.
“Then he hit me with a good right hand to the top of my head and I was seeing leprechauns for a while!
“He tried to break my arm. He tried to bite me.
“But I leaned on him, pushed him around, used my weight. I always think a big strong man will beat a small strong man.
“He hit me with some good uppercuts but I felt the energy sapping, I felt his will leaving him.
“In the sixth round he hit me with a good shot but I told him: ‘Is that all you’ve got? You’re in trouble…’
“In the back of my mind I was hoping that was all he’s got!”
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