An exhibition bout between boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. headlined tonight’s pay-per-view event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The highly anticipated Tyson vs. Jones contest served as the main event to a six-bout fight card, which included former NBA star Nate Robinson taking on YouTube sensation Jake Paul.
Mike Tyson (50-6), now age 56, was returning to the squared circle for the first time in fifteen years for tonight’s exhibition bout. In his most previous effort in June of 2005, “Iron Mike” left the boxing world stunned when he quit on the stool before the seventh round of his match-up with Kevin McBride. The former heavyweight world champion’s most recent victory had come back in 2003 when he Clifford Etienne by way of knockout.
Meanwhile, Roy Jones Jr. (66-9) was returning to the ring for the first time since February of 2018, where he had picked up a unanimous decision victory over Scott Sigmon. The former four-division World Champion had gone 9-1 over his past 10 fights overall prior to tonight’s exhibition with Tyson.
Tonight’s highly anticipated Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. exhibition bout proved to be an entertaining contest. Tyson showed that he still possesses some big power shots and good movement. Meanwhile, Jones Jr. utilized his high fight IQ to keep things competitive for the better part of eight rounds.
Official Result: Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. ruled a draw
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Mike Tyson has already expressed interest in future exhibition bouts, throwing out names like Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua as potential opponents.
“I think they’re brilliant, man. They’re brilliant fighters, they could do so much for society and have exhibitions, and take the money from the exhibitions, because they’re such big crowd-pleasers, and they could help so many people,” Tyson said to BT Sport. “The homeless, the drug-affected. There’s so many people out there that we can do so much for, and it wouldn’t even be a 10th of their charitable heart to do something like that. In fact, fight exhibitions with me, and most of our charity would go to people who desperately need it.”
Meanwhile, Roy Jones Jr. appears set on having his long desired fight with UFC legend Anderson Silva next.
“If everything goes well on Saturday night I’m almost positive Anderson Silva in a boxing match is next.”
Who would you like to see Mike Tyson fight next following his exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr.?