Tyson vs Jones Jr prize money as retired heavyweights have exhibition fight

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Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will return to the ring on Saturday in one of the most hotly-anticipated fights in recent years.

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Two of the greatest heavyweights of all time are set for a lucrative payday when they put their reputations on the line in an eight-round exhibition fight in Los Angeles.

Tyson, 54, became the youngest ever heavyweight champion when he won the WBC belt aged 20, and he reigned as undisputed king of the division from 1987 to 1990.

Jones, 51, held multiple world titles in four different weight classes, and is the only boxer in history to be crowned heavyweight champion after starting his professional career at light middleweight.

There will be no titles on the line at the Staples Center on Saturday night, when Jones fights for the first time since 2018 and Tyson steps back into the ring after nearly 14 years out.

Tyson vs Jones Jr prize money as retired heavyweights have exhibition fight
Mike Tyson is to fight for the first time since 2006

With no ringside scoring there will be no winner announced – although the WBC will have former fighters Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson scoring the bout remotely, and the unofficial victor they select will receive a special ‘Frontline Battle Belt’.

But the fight is still set to be a huge draw, with organisers having claimed record-breaking pay-per-view sales.

And as well as splitting the fight purse, both Tyson and Jones are set to receive a huge windfall from PPVs.

They are set to walk away with $ 10million each from the fight, which equates to around £7.5m.

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And Jones, 51, who last fought in 2018, has said he 'don't like being bullied', teasing a fight
Roy Jones Jr makes his ring return at the age of 51

However, Tyson and Jones will also split the PPV bonus – and according to some estimates they could both be $ 20m richer by the end of the night.

That’s still some way short of Tyson’s biggest payday – after he reportedly earned more than $ 30m from his defeat to Lennox Lewis in 2002.

But it’s a hefty wedge considering it’s an exhibition fight in which knockouts are banned.

Jones’ best-paying fight was against John Ruiz in 2003, when he won the WBA heavyweight title and banked a reported $ 26m.

Tyson has been looking in great shape ahead of the fight

According to Forbes, Tyson has earned an incredible $ 685m over the course of his career, while Jones has made $ 55m.

However, both men are reportedly to have lost fortunes as well.

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Saturday’s fight will cost £19.95 to watch in the UK, and will be shown on BT Sport Box Office.

The undercard is due to begin at 1am on Sunday UK time, with the main event beginning between 4.30am and 5am.

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