Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr ‘exhibition’ bout ends in draw.
The fight that the boxing world was waiting for between former World Champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr has ended in a draw.
It has been 15 years since 54-year-old Mike Tyson stepped into a competitive boxing ring, while 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. was still an active boxer, with his last fight being two years ago.
As many boxing pundits predicted the fight would be a joke, the two legends actually entertained.
There were glimpses of the past as Tyson swayed from the hips, ploughed forward and tried to unload shots, while Jones sought to move fluidly, though he was visibly drained by the halfway stage.
Tyson landed a couple of eye-catching left hooks, some solid body shots and unquestionably forced the pace. Many on social media felt he had won well but the judges – not employed by the sanctioning body but by the WBC to offer added entertainment – thought otherwise.
“I don’t do draws but the dude is so strong man. When he hits you, his head, his punches, his body shots, everything hurts. I’m cool with the draw.” – Roy Jones Jr after the fight
In the post fight interview, Tyson said he was happy with the draw and made clear his future pursuits would not be in a professional capacity: “This is bigger than championships, we are humanitarians, we are helping people. I’m happy I got this under the belt and I’ll continue to go further and do more.”
Jones, a former four-weight world champion, said he would talk to his family before considering fighting again, and added: “I don’t do draws but the dude is so strong man. When he hits you, his head, his punches, his body shots, everything hurts. I’m cool with the draw.”
The exhibition was a success and Tyson plans to organize more of these fights, bringing past champions to the ring.
Tyson has said that he will give some of his $10million earned for the fight to charity.
“This is bigger than championships, we are humanitarians, we are helping people. I’m happy I got this under the belt and I’ll continue to go further and do more.” Mike Tyson
It was great to see both fighters enter the ring again, with Tyson showing he actually still has a couple of rounds left in him, even at the age of 54.
Tyson dominated the fight with Roy Jones Jr grabbing on to Tyson to dash some of his hard punches.
It was evident Tyson could have done more, as the opportunity was there, but the more mature Tyson realized it was an exhibition bout to entertain boxing fans all over the world.
Fight card, results
- Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. results in an unofficial split draw
- Jake Paul def. Nate Robinson via second-round TKO
- Badou Jack def. Blake McKernan via unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)
- Jamaine Ortiz def. Sulaiman Segawa via seventh-round TKO