Part boxing, part freak show and 100 per cent farce - Mike Tyson is back.

The self-styled “baddest man on the planet” returns to the ring in the early hours of tomorrow at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for his exhibition fight with Roy Jones Junior.

At 54 and 51 respectively, Tyson and Jones are more like characters out of one of Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Expendables’ films than boxers.

It’s a fight that isn't a fight and the California State Athletic Commission insist there must be no official scoring, no winner and heavier-than-normal 12 ounce gloves.

Broadcaster Triller, who are screening the fight in the US, claim the eight two-minute round contest will be scored and there will be a winner.

Despite the confusion over what punters are actually paying to watch, Tyson’s return after 15 years in retirement has caught the imagination on both sides of the Atlantic.

BT Sport box office have bought the UK rights and Tyson is expected to earn £7.5milion and Jones, who last fought in 2018, £2.25m.

In the week when the sporting world said goodbye to the part angel, part devil that was Diego Maradona, it is welcoming back boxing's equivalent.

Tyson stirs the public’s emotions, negatively and positively, like no other fight can and there is an end-of-pier freak show voyeurism for many to see what he is like after all these years.

I was ringside at the MCI Center in Washington in June 2005 when he quit on his stool after six rounds against Kevin McBride after headbutting and biting the nipples of the Irish journeyman.

Mike Tyson was once the baddest man on the planet

That night as he talked randomly about his retirement plans, which ranged from humanitarian work with Muslims in Africa to enjoying his legacy, those listening feared he would never see 50.

Yet here he is at 54 and fighting again, albeit in exhibitions, has given him a new purpose in life.

He has given up his beloved dope during training camp and plans to donate his purse to charity.

"I'm looking forward to this exhibition fight and helping those charities out," the two-time world heavyweight champ said.

"This is what I’m embracing. The fighting game is what I’m all about and hurting people.

"I’m not concerned about either of us getting hurt. We’re both professionals and we know how to look after ourselves."

Roll up, roll up, Tyson is back.