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Roy Jones Jr. should insure his ears in case Mike Tyson bites them in their upcoming exhibition, boxing promoter says

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Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson are posing for a picture: Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson. Photos by Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images and GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images © Provided by INSIDER Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson. Photos by Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images and GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images
  • Roy Jones Jr. takes on Mike Tyson in a September 12 exhibition in Carson, California.
  • Though the exhibition should be fought with friendly intentions, a representative of Jones Jr.'s in Russia wants to take out an insurance policy in case things get ugly.
  • Zsolt Barna is inviting insurance companies to put together a policy which would protect Jones Jr.'s ears in case Mike Tyson bites them.
  • Tyson twice bit Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 bout later called "The Bite Fight." He lost via disqualification and was fined $3 million.
  • It is unclear whether Barna was serious, or if his post was a joke at Tyson's expense.
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Roy Jones Jr. should insure his ears in case Mike Tyson bites them in their upcoming exhibition, a boxing promoter said.

Zsolt Barna, who is a representative of Jones Jr's in Russia, is inviting insurance companies to put together policy proposals so that the American fighter can have his ears protected should Tyson bite him during their September 12 showcase in Carson, California.

Barna said he is concerned for the welfare of Jones Jr. considering Tyson twice bit Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 bout later known as "The Bite Fight."

On his Instagram account, Barna issued a statement saying: "Roy Jones Jr. manager Zsolt Barna announces a tender for insurance companies to insure Roy Jones Jr.'s ears against Mike Tyson.

"He is looking for a partner who is ready to do it! Considering that in June 1997, during the fight, Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear, the manager decided to foresee a similar incident.

"Recall that after Tyson injured his opponent, he was disqualified and fined $3 million. Barna does not want a repetition of such a story and offers to participate in the tender!"

It is unclear whether Barna was serious, or if his post was a joke at Tyson's expense.

The Jones Jr. and Tyson exhibition brings together two of boxing's biggest names from the last 30 years.

The two former heavyweight world champions will take place in a glorified sparring session which will be broadcast on the Triller app at a $49.99 price-point, with the proceeds going toward charity.

There will be no ringside judges present which means the bout would be declared an automatic draw should it last the scheduled eight rounds, and the fighters have been warned by the athletic commission not to look for a knockout.

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