Chris Eubank Jr has revealed that he is sparring with Roy Jones Jr as the American prepares to take on Mike Tyson in his comeback fight.
The will be stepping into the ring on September 12 in California, 15 years after Iron Mike retired professional boxing.
Jones Jr fought two years ago – but is pulling in some reinforcements to help compete against the 54-year-old.
The current WBA interim middleweight champion has been roped in to help the American prepare for Tyson.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Eubank Jr said: ”I just never dreamed I would be in this situation where I’m being trained by one of the best ever, somebody I looked up to and idolised as a kid.
“And now I’m training with him every day, sparring with him.
“Obviously I’ve got to get him in shape for this fight he’s got with Mike, but just a lot of learning.
“A lot of one-on-one time spent on focussing and mastering these little things that I guess I lost track of over the years.”
And Eubank Jr will be helping Jones Jr up to the moment he steps into the ring in California.
He added: “I’ve got a front row view into what Roy is doing to prepare for Mike and I’m helping him.
“This is something that I never dreamed in a million years I would be doing, helping Roy Jones to fight Mike Tyson.
“How are we here, how has this happened? But yeah, it really is happening.
“I’m actually going to Pittsburg with him in a couple days and we’re gonna do some training out there.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones are two of my favourite fighters of all time.
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“I never ever thought I would be watching a fight and rooting against Mike Tyson.”
But it will see Eubank Jr supporting Tyson’s opponent, with the Brit admitting the youngest ever heavyweight champion was an icon.
The Brit continued: “Mike Tyson is a hero of mine, but I’m in this crazy position where I’ve got two heroes and they’re fighting and I can’t go against Roy.
“I’ve been with him every day for the last five months so I’m actually in this weird position where I wanna see one of my heroes not win.
“I don’t know how prepared Mike is. He looks great in his little 30-second clips on Instagram, but eight rounds against Roy Jones is a different thing.
“Roy has been active. He had a fight like two years ago.
“He’s the type of guy, boxing is everything to Roy. I’m not saying it’s not everything to Mike, but I think after Mike retired, boxing became something he used to do and he lived another life.
“Roy has never lived any other life, he’s in the gym every day and he loves it.”
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