Mike Tyson attacked by heckling fan after boxing comeback

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Pictured here, Mike Tyson at his comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr.
Mike Tyson was reportedly attacked by a member of the crowd as he left Staples Center. Pic: Getty

It seems not everyone was thrilled to see Mike Tyson back in the ring, with crazy details emerging about an attack on the boxing legend after his comeback bout.

Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime during the 54-year-old's lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old legend Roy Jones Jr.

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Both fighters had impressive moments during a fight that was ruled a draw by the WBC judges at ringside.

The drama for Tyson didn't end with the final bell against Jones Jr. however, with reports that a crazed fan tried to attack him as he left the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

TMZ Sports says the boxing icon was leaving the venue after the fight when a man jumped out of the crowd and took a swing at the 54-year-old.

Tyson was reportedly signing autographs for fans when the man in the crowd tried to goad him into a fight.

When the former heavyweight champion said it wouldn't end well for him, the man threw a punch and allegedly reached for something that Tyson's camp feared could have been a weapon.

The man fled after intervention from Tyson's entourage, who remembered him from a previous signing where he was trying to start trouble.

TMZ Sports say police received a call about an incident involving Tyson at about 11pm but found no one on the scene when they arrived. No report was taken.

Boxing greats wind back the clock

Tyson's draw with Jones Jr. proved particularly controversial in the boxing world, with many viewers insisting 'Iron Mike' did more than enough to win the fight.

"This is better than fighting for championships," Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities.

"We're humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We've got to do this again."

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. are seen here fighting at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. wound back the clock in a highly anticipated exhibition bout. Pic: AAP

The former heavyweight champion of the world's return to the ring after a 15-year absence attracted international attention, and Iron Mike did his best to show the form that made him a legend to a generation of boxing fans.

Tyson tagged Jones with body shots and a handful of head punches during a bout that was required to be a fairly safe glorious sparring session by the California State Athletic Commission.

"The body shots definitely took a toll," said Jones, the former four-division world champion widely considered the most skilled boxer of his generation.

"It's something to take the punches that Mike throws. I'm cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again."

Jones walked to the ring with gloves and trunks honouring Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, while Tyson wore his signature all-black trunks.

After the traditional pre-fight pomp and an introduction by Michael Buffer, the 50-something champions both came out throwing punches that evoked echoes of their glorious primes.

When the dust settled on much-hyped exhibition bout, both men were content to settle for a draw.

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