Conor McGregor backs Mike Tyson’s boxing comeback ahead of Roy Jones Jr fight

Conor McGregor has added his backing to Mike Tyson's comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson is coming out of retirement at the age of 54 to take on 51-year-old Jones Jr in Los Angeles later this month.

The ring legends will meet in a so-called exhibition fight over eight two-minute rounds at the Staples Center.

Concerns have been raised over the health of both men which have been quickly dismissed.

And McGregor appears to be behind Tyson's bid to alert a new generation to his talents.

The former two-weight UFC world champion tweeted "Hear, hear" in response to Tyson claiming he had been awakened by the "gods of war".

"Old guys, that word don’t even make sense," Tyson said. "Old? This is just a new time, a new thinking period in our lives.

"This is what we want to do. Sometimes the gods of war, they revive you and say, 'You have to do more.'

"Now I wouldn't do it if I didn't prepare for this. You know, I box people to see if I’m able to do this stuff, so I can do this stuff."

"[My skills are] good enough for this; good enough to go eight rounds. I’m exerting myself, and this is going to be pretty interesting. I’m interested in waiting to see what happens as well."

Tyson's last fight in 2005 saw him retire on his stool after five rounds of his clash against Kevin McBride.

He was battled depression and drug problems and his weight ballooned in the ensuing years.

But as he fought his back to fitness, Jones Jr continued fighting until 2018, losing just one of his last 13 fights, albeit against limited opposition.

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