The night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles saw a card of six bouts including a light heavyweight battle between YouTube personality Jake Paul and Nate Robinson, which ended in the former NBA player getting knocked out in the first round.
Regarded as the absolute best fighters of their generations, the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. finally faced off following unfulfilled talks during their time as active competitors. Despite being an exhibition match, the fight was scored remotely by the World Boxing Council‘s assigned “celebrity judges” for the WBC-created Frontline Championship.
Both in their 50s, the two incredibly showed expressions of their former glory in a highly competitive exhibition match. The back in forth saw Jones provide flurries while Tyson returned with heavy body shots that cracked his opponent after the fourth round. At the end of eight rounds, Tyson outlanded Jones 67-37 with 35 body punches.
Ultimately, Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. was officially ruled a draw. It should be noted that the “official score” is unofficial in that this is an exhibition as well as the fight being scored by remote WBC-assigned judges and not California State Athletic Commission judges.
Speaking after the fight, Tyson noted that he was happy with the draw but that he believes he won the fight, While Jones subtly noted his dissatisfaction with the result and how hard his opponent hit. 54-year-old Mike Tyson also revealed that he aims to move forward and step into the ring again in the near future.
Catch highlights from Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. and the post-fight interview below.
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