Boxing: A Look Inside Roy Jones Jr. vs Mike Tyson
2020 has been an unusual year to say the least. On Saturday night that unusualness will continue. That is when former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will enter the ring against former light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The eight round exhibition fight will be on all major PPV outlets at a cost of $49.99. It can also be live streamed on TysonOnTriller.com. Lets look at some of the history of these two great fighters.
Roy Jones Jr.
Jones Jr. was one of the greatest fighters of his era. He has a career record of 66-9 with 47 knockouts. He won four titles in four different weight classes (Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight). As a result of his four world championships, Jones Jr. was named the best boxer of the 90s by Ring Magazine. His last fight was in February of 2018 when he defeated Scott Sigmon by unanimous decision.
“Iron” Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in history. He won his first belt when he beat Trevor Berbick in the second round of a fight in November of 1986. That was for the WBC Title. Tyson would unify the champion by winning all three title belts (WBA, WBC, IBF) in 1987. He held that distinction for three years. Then in 1990 James “Buster” Douglas shocked the world by defeating “Iron” Mike. This would begin the downfall of the world’s most feared boxer.
Tale of the Tape
Age: Mike Tyson – 54, Roy Jones Jr. – 51
Record: Tyson – (50-6-2, 44 KOs), Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs)
Height: Tyson – 5’10”, Jones Jr. – 5’11”
Reach: Tyson – 71″, Jones Jr. – 74″
This fight will be put on with some special rules. These rules have made many calling this fight a glorified sparring session. Meanwhile, Tyson and Jones Jr. are expected to give the people what they want. In saying that, lets look at the special rules.
– 12 oz Gloves
– 2 Min Rounds
– 8 Rounds
– No Knockouts*
– If a Fighter receives a cut the fight is over
– Three Celebrity Judges will score from home – no ringside judges**
* – Fight Promoter, Triller has since put out a statement stating that KOs are allowed.
** – Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza, and Chad Dawson will be “scoring” the fight.
While this may not be the ideal fight, we are getting two of the greatest fighters to ever grace the ring against one another. If both fighters live up to their talk and pre-fight hype this should be an entertaining night.
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