Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr

Ruben Fields
November 29, 2020

Boxing legends Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson turned back the clock for fight fans this evening by engaging in an exhibition bout.

Tyson retired from boxing in 2005, saying he longer had "the fighting guts or the heart" after he quit in a dismal loss to journeyman Peter McBride.

'A DRAW?!?! Did I watch the same fight as the judges??

"Sometimes that two minutes felt like three minutes", Tyson said.

"Absolutely I would do this again".

An "unofficial" panel of former World Boxing Council champions at ringside scored the bout a draw, an outcome that Tyson applauded despite appearing to dominate.

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. The crowd was happy with that", Tyson said after the bout, according to Lance Pugmire of The Athletic. Tyson and Jones will be wearing 12-ounce gloves, two ounces heavier than the mandated weight for fighters at least 147 pounds.

"I'll go talk to my family, see how they feel about it and if they want to do it again, we'll do it again". Body shots definitely took a toll. "Body shots are what makes you exhausted". We've got to do this again.

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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.

Lance Pugmire, senior boxing writer: It was an impossible ask to expect the 54-year-old Tyson and 51-year-old Jones to magically revert to their primes.

Following the controversial result Roy Jones Jr. shared the following reaction to tonight's contest with Mike Tyson.

"I was afraid I might get hurt", Tyson told BT Sport Box Office.

"It's something in there taking punches from Mike", Jones said. "Once I go in there, I'm game. I know when he hits me it's going to hurt".

Tyson stung the midsection of Jones in round seven but was held before he could press the advantage.

Tyson also had a 57-28 advantage in power punches, including 35 to the body. "'I'm just happy I got this under my belt and will continue to go further", he added.

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