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Bizarre rules for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr exhibition revealed


Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson meet in an exhibition on Saturday night

The exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr this weekend sounds like it could be an underwhelming affair as the rules of the contest emerge.

The two former world champions are stepping back into the ring on Saturday night, but it will be a far cry from their epic matches of the past.

With Tyson 54-years-old and Jones Jr 51, the California commission that has sanctioned the bout has moved to make sure both men are kept safe and it is absolutely not a proper fight, but more like hard sparring.

It will be an eight round exhibition, but each round will last just two minutes.

Both men will be weating 12-ounce gloves, larger than usual, but will not have to wear headgear.

The most baffling rule of all is that knockouts are not allowed, although what happens if one fighter is stopped is not clear.

If either man is cut the bout comes to a stop immediately and if they both get to the end of eight rounds there will be no official winner as there will be no judges.

However, the WBC do have three men scoring the fight and whoever they decide comes out on top will be handed the ‘Frontline Battle Belt’ despite no official winner being announced.

Presented with the confusing rule of no knockouts, UFC president Dana White said: ‘There’s no knockouts? They’re not allowed to knock each other out?

‘How do you enforce that?’

Tyson has previously promised that the so-called exhibition will actually turn out to be a proper scrap, despite the rules and regulations.

‘Not a real fight? We got Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones,’ Tyson said in October . ‘I’m coming to fight, and I hope he’s coming to fight, and that’s all you need to know.’


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