Lots of reader questions regarding the competitive merit of tonight’s main event. Those expecting the brand of primal destruction Tyson built his brand on in the 80s and 90s will likely come away disappointed. California’s state athletic commission was reportedly leery on sanctioning the bout given the fighters’ advanced ages and went forward on the condition that both men will keep it light and breezy. In tennis, it’s what’s known as a hit and giggle.
Andy Foster, the executive director of the CSAC, said that Tyson and Jones will be on a short leash and the referee will be ready with a quick hook to intervene if it does get hairy. “We can’t mislead the public as to this is some kind of real fight,” Foster said. “They can get into it a little bit, but I don’t want people to get hurt. They know the deal.”
In case you missed it, the fighters stripped down on Friday for the ceremonial weigh-in. Tyson tipped the scales at 220.4lbs while Jones came in at 210lbs.
Good evening and welcome to tonight’s quinquagenarian showdown between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. Two of the most famous prizefighters of their generation are returning to the squared circle for a scheduled eight-round heavyweight exhibition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While the bout has been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, it’s officially an exhibition and the result will appear on neither man’s professional record.
Tyson, 54, held the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1987 through 1990. Jones, 51, won titles in four different weight classes and was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer of his time.
A number of precautions have been taken to protect the fighters’ health. The rounds will be shorter than usual – two minutes instead of the standard three – and both men will be wearing larger-than-usual 12oz gloves.
The televised pay-per-view card is about to start with three preliminary bouts ahehqad of the main event between Tyson and Jones, who will likely make their ringwalks around 11.30pm ET (4.30am GMT).
- Jamaine Ortiz v Sulaiman Segawa, eight rounds, lightweights
- Badou Jack v Blake McKernan, eight rounds, light heavyweights
- Jake Paul v Nate Robinson, six rounds, cruiserweights
- Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr, eight rounds exhibition, heavyweights
But first, in keeping with the evening’s nostalgia act theme, it’s a performance by Wiz Khalifa.