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James 'Buster' Douglas does not think Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight will happen

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On Nov. 2, 1990, James 'Buster' Douglas stunned then-WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in a heavyweight upset for the ages.

Thirty years later, Douglas feels Roy Jones Jr., now 51, has even less chance of beating 54-year-old Tyson in an exhibition fight set for Nov. 28.

The 60-year-old Douglas, who retired in 1999 with a 38-6-1 record with one fight being rendered a no-contest, spoke recently to YouTuber DJ Vlad about the meeting between two bonafide legends. 

He said: “I was surprised that it was even announced (at all) because I was like, wait a minute, what does he see that I don’t see or, you know, because you’ve got to actually feel like you can beat somebody to expect the fight with them.

"That was really confusing because I know what he and I went through but then he turns around and he’s going to fight Mike, so I was like wow. He must see something or know something.

"But then I see he’s really doubting it now, debating or not whether he’s going to do it. So I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Douglas was then asked who he fancied in the contest if it does indeed go ahead as planned.

“I think (Roy) he has a chance but it's a slim chance," Douglas put bluntly. "Slimmer than Buster Douglas.”

Despite showing an initial degree of regret about signing up for the eight-round exhibition, Jones Jr has been more enthusiastic in recent weeks, going as far as to say he is prepared to "die in the ring" fighting Tyson.

 

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