Tyson struggles to attract with Jones Jr. within the exhibition
© Reuters. Boxing: Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.
(Reuters) – Mike Tyson showed that age hasn’t robbed him of his power when the former heavyweight champion, on his long-awaited return to the ring, Roy Jones Jr. dominated a show match on Saturday in Los Angeles, surprisingly as a to draw.
While there were no ring judges scoring the eight-round competition between two of the best boxers of all time, both over 50, and no official winner, the World Boxing Council formed a group of judges who scored the fight from a distance .
“I’m used to playing for three minutes,” said 54-year-old Tyson about the shorter rounds. “Sometimes those two minutes felt like three minutes. I’m glad I got this under my belt to go on and on.”
Tyson, 15 years away from his shameful loss to Irishman Kevin McBride in the last professional bout of his career, came out and was in control of the bout the entire way.
Jones Jr, 51, was the visibly more tired of the two fighters, but managed to pick up the pace in the later rounds to the point where he won on one scorecard and a tie on the other, while Tyson won the third scorecard.
When the last bell rang, the two fighters embraced.
“The body shots definitely took a toll,” said Jones Jr., a former world champion in four different weight classes whose last professional fight was in 2018.
“The body shots make you exhausted.”
The two boxers were introduced by legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer, who delivered his famous “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” at the Staples Center, which had run out of fans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the fight, Tyson, who was once the world’s most feared fighter, turned down any idea of returning to professional boxing.
“This is bigger than fighting and winning the championship,” Tyson said of exhibitions where he donates proceeds to charity. “We are humanists and help people.”
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