Tonight, two legends go head to head as Mike Tyson fights Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition match. Both men have achieved it all in the sport and have no shortage of belts and accolades between them. While both Tyson and Jones Jr have been retired for many years and this is only an exhibition bout, they’re both in top shape and will be eager to show that they’ve still got what it takes.
How to Watch in Canada
Boxing fans all over the world are expected to tune in to watch the live event, which is available on pay per view on Saturday, November 28th, from 8 pm EST. The main card starts at 9 pm, and Tyson and Jones are expected to make their walk to the ring at around 11 pm. You can order the PPV online at TysonOnTriller.com or through Fite.tv or major cable networks.
Tale of the Tape
- Retired since: 2005 after two consecutive knockout losses to journeymen
- Record: 58-6-2 with 48 of his wins came by way of knockout
- Height: 5ft 10in (178cm)
- Reach: 71in (180cm)
Roy Jones Jr
- Age: 51
- Retired since: 2018 after winning the vacant WBU cruiserweight championship
- Record: 66-9 with 47 of his wins coming by way of knockout
- Height: 5ft 11in (180cm)
- Reach: 180cm
Both men have similar stats in their height and reach, and although Jones Jr competed at middleweight and light heavyweight, there’s unlikely to be a significant weight difference on the night of the fight.
Unfortunately, because there will be no declared winner for the fight, most bookies are not offering odds anymore. Before they were removed, Tyson was heavily regarded as the favourite for this matchup, with odds of -200, while Jones Jr was at +160.
The odds were certainly interesting considering how long Tyson has been out of the ring but then again, he’s only ever been the underdog once in his life, back when he faced Lennox Lewis. Jones Jr was a quality boxer in his own right, winning multiple world titles, but he doesn’t quite have the name power of Tyson, which may be why the odds are against him here.
It’s hard to say how this fight may go as both fighters will be stepping back into the ring after a long layoff. Tyson hasn’t fought since 2005, which is sure to be a big factor in how he performs. Will he be rusty, or has he been keeping himself in shape? His last two performances were hardly convincing, and while he seems to be in a better place mentally, it remains to be seen whether he still has the love for fighting.
The rules of the fight will also play a part in how both men perform. This is an exhibition match, and there’s an explicit rule to not go for knockouts. It’s unclear how this will be enforced, but if both men take this rule seriously, then we expect it to favour Roy Jones Jr, who will be more comfortable to box on the outside while Tyson relies more on his power.
Tyson has been posting some impressive videos on social media showing off his padwork, and while he seems to be in shape and delivering some high powered punches, we’ll have to see whether he still has the stamina to last eight rounds. Our prediction is that Roy Jones Jr wins by decision, as we feel that the odds are too good to pass up, and Tyson has been out of the ring for far too long.