Two of the biggest names in boxing history will finally meet in the ring when Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr collide in an exhibition bout at the Dignity Health Sports Park in California on November 28. Does Tyson still have his phenomenal punching power?
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Road To Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr
Back in the day, both Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr were worthy champions and they are both looking to get back into the limelight with an exhibition bout in California. Tyson, who is a former WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring heavyweight champion, retired in 2005 with final professional bout ending in a sixth-round retirement defeat at the hands of Kevin McBride. Roy Jones Jr was a four-weight champion having won titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. His last fight was back in 2018 when he won the vacant WBU cruiserweight belt with a unanimous points decision win over Scott Sigmon. This fight came about after Tyson loaded videos to his social media accounts showing him working out. Tyson looked in great physical condition and there were reports linking him with fights against former AFL star Barry Hall, former NRL player Paul Gallen and current Sydney Roosters forward Sonny Bill Williams. None of those offers came to anything, then it looked like Tyson would get in the ring with former foe Evander Holyfield. Again, that didn’t materialise, and Tyson’s camp turned their attention to Jones Jr. The original fight was scheduled to take place on September 12, but it was shelved until November 28 to help the fight gain more revenue. The bout will be scheduled for eight rounds at heavyweight level. Tyson has the experience as a heavyweight, while Jones Jr has also fought at this weight when he defeated John Ruiz to become the WBA heavyweight champion in his first fight at that weight – he immediately moved back down to the light heavyweight division.
Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr Predictions & Tips
Back in their prime, Tyson would have been too strong for Jones Jr at heavyweight level, while Jones Jr would have probably dominated Tyson in the light heavyweight division. Now, they are both over the age of 50 and although they both look in great condition, it is difficult to picture them as the forces they once were. You could probably say that Jones will be the fitter of the two because he only retired in 2018, but Tyson loves proving people wrong. I can see Tyson coming out all guns blazing and trying to secure an early knockout. The bout is only over eight rounds, but the longer it goes on the better it will be for Jones Jr. Both fighters will be required to submit CSAC medical tests due to being over 40, and the referee has been instructed to stop the fight if it goes beyond ‘the boundaries of a competitive boxing exhibition’. Growing up I used to love watching Tyson fight, but I am a little concerned that this is one fight too much for him. Looking good in the gym is one thing, taking powerful punches to the face is another. I’m going against my heart in this one, and I’ll be backing Jones Jr to take this one on points.
Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr Tips: Fighter Predictions
Mike Tyson: “Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history. This temporary inconvenience will last longer than Roy Jones Jr. He better be ready, I’m coming full force.”
Roy Jones Jr: “For me, I know how to have fun in the ring and try to make it the best that I can make it. But at the same time, Mike knows one way. It’s like playing with a pit bull pup. … He’ll play, but he’ll get lost because all he knows is [to] … go at it. So that’s all Mike knows – go at it. So, I’ve got to be prepared for whatever Mike comes out with. Now, I want to box, have a good time and give people a good show, as well. But Mike ain’t ordinary. He’s not that person that can go out and do that. All he knows is to take your head off.”