Hey everyone this is Sam and I have a question for you…am I crazy because I’m interested in this fight? Yes, I know Mike Tyson is 54 years old and Roy Jones Jr. is 51 years old. I can’t help it. These were the big names as I was growing up watching boxing with my dad. I mean Mike Tyson was the baddest man on the planet and the star of a famous video game in my childhood. It was back when boxing was king and everyone thought that MMA was a niche violent sport.
The fight is tonight, Saturday, November 28th at 9pm EST. It will be a four hour live event from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fight is a pay-per-view event and is being sold for $50 in the United States. No way, am I buying it, but I will be following what people are saying on Twitter.
Going Back In The Past on Saturday Night
Tonight, many will be wanting to see their childhood heroes. Yes, I know it is only an 8 round exhibition fight and it can end on a knockout. I know the rounds are going to be two minutes long and with 12 ounce boxing gloves. Tyson retired 15 years ago and I know Jones Jr. fought two years ago, but he really has been retired otherwise.
I couldn’t believe that the fight was sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission and the World Boxing Council (WBC) agreed to support and score the fight. I figured all the ruling board wouldn’t touch it because of how old they are. But then, I thought of the money. Of course, someone is going to get involved. The WBC has even created a special one of a kind commemorative belt just for this fight.
I grew up knowing the Mike Tyson story. How he lived in a horrible area, was a juvenile delinquent and Cus D’Amato saved him by teaching him to box. Cus was careful with who Tyson fought which is why he was 15-0 with 15 knockouts. He became “Iron Mike” and everyone was always saying, “Boy, I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley.”
Some can’t believe when you tell them he was just a kid. Well he was. Mike Tyson was 20 years and four months old when he became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. He has a 50-6 career record, with 44 of the 50 victories coming on knockouts. He last fought in 2005, when he lost to Kevin McBride.
Roy Jones Jr.
I don’t remember many being scared of Roy Jones Jr. He was the world champion in FOUR different divisions. Most including me were fascinated with how quick he was even though he went up and down in weight classes to win championships.
Jones Jr. has a 66-9 record. He won his last bout in 2018 against Scott Sigmon. I could totally understand his CNN quote because I remember the bet everyone always talked about…if I give you X amount of dollars would you get in the ring with Mike Tyson? Well, Roy Jones Jr. is doing it. “I’m happy. I get to see what it’s like to be in the ring with Mike Tyson before I die,” Jones Jr. told CNN.
How Are They Going To Determine A Winner?
The WBC has agreed to do the scoring for the fight. Three champions will judge and score each round. They will focus on style, technique, effective punching, effective defense and effective aggressiveness.
“Having the WBC score this event is historic. I was the youngest WBC heavyweight Champion and it’s humbling to have my career come full circle with the WBC for my match against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28th,” said Tyson in a statement.
“Pound for pound, point for point, the judges will see that I am the best there ever was and will be. As I said before, y’all must’ve forgot, but come November 28, 2020, y’all gonna remember,” said Jones Jr.
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