Mike Tyson Returning to the Ring Alongside Jake Paul and Nate Robinson

Mahlik Campbell

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Iron Mike Tyson is on a mission. 😤

At 54 years old, legendary fighter Mike Tyson still wants all the smoke. On Thursday, he disclosed his intent to return to the ring for an eight-round exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr., 51, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 12.

It's part of his new Legends Only League that will offer retired athletes the chance to "live in their glory years for a second time," similar to Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball tournament. 

Tyson, with 50 wins and 44 career knockouts, hasn't fought since his 2005 loss to Kevin McBride. But his insane workout clips have been causing a stir online over the past couple of months.

Talking with ESPN's First Take crew, Tyson talked about stepping back into the ring and inspiring other retired athletes to not totally let go of their professional careers.

"It's because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too," he said. "Just because we are 54, it doesn't mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I'm sure that other people feel the same way."

Jones Jr., though he admitted that this upcoming bout is "very risky," might be more prepared. The former champ across four different weight classes earned his last pro boxing match win in February 2018.

Shortly after Tyson's announcement, Shams Charania broke the news that Jake Paul would be battling former NBA player Nate Robinson on the undercard. 

Jake Paul has two bouts under his belt, most recently defeating fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib earlier this year.

Fans will be able to watch all the action on pay-per-view and through social media app Triller, which is also releasing a 10-part docuseries.