Tyson vs Jones Fight: Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. is an upcoming exhibition boxing match contested between former undisputed heavyweight world champion, Mike Tyson, and former four-division world champion, Roy Jones Jr. Mike Tyson is 54. Roy Jones Jr. is 51. And these two men will be fighting in a boxing match on Nov. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Date: Nov. 28
Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles
TV: Traditional PPV providers
Live stream: FITE TV
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Two of boxing’s iconic figures are finally going to lock horns on Saturday, Nov. 28, as former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson meets former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The eight-round exhibition fight, which is titled, “Frontline Battle,” is the first event of a series produced by Legends Only League will be for the newly created WBC Frontline Battle Belt. According to the executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, Andy Foster, Tyson and Jones won’t be wearing headgear, and he thinks both fighters will be wearing 12-ounce gloves.
The meeting of men in their 50s is set to commence on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. will lace ’em up once again when they square off in the main event of a PPV card from the Staples Center. Though the fight has been deemed an exhibition by the state commission, Tyson, Jones and the promoters of the bout have said both are going in with the intentions of brawling.
While the commission does have the final say over things — and has described the showdown as “hard sparring” — there’s a lot of unknowns heading into the matchup. The only U.S. sportsbook offering odds on the bout is DraftKings, which became an official partner of the event earlier in the week. But how can one handicap this matchup with so many unknown variables? Our writers took a shot at predicting what we could see happen on Saturday night in the main event below.
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, Tyson has been showing off his incredible body transformation and looks in prime condition despite turning 54 years old in June.
Boxing fans have been stunned by the news of his comeback and now they only have a few days to wait until he’ll get back in the ring.
Jones Jr, a former heavyweight world champion himself, is 51 but has remained active in his later years, and was last in action in February 2018 when he beat Scott Sigmon in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
If this were to take place during any other year, Saturday’s heavyweight exhibition match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. would feel as normal as a zombie apocalypse. Yet for better or worse, it’s somehow par for the course in 2020.
The legendary boxing champions will lace up the gloves one more time inside an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles for an eight-round pay-per-view showdown that is high on nostalgia but short on guarantees that the entertainment value will be worth the price of admission.
The central cause of such uncertainty is the California State Athletic Commission’s careful handling in putting on the event.
Given the combined age of 105 for both fighters and the fact that the 54-year-old Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) hasn’t fought professionally in 15 years, the CSAC’s precautionary stance makes sense. But it has also created a certain amount of confusion for both the fighters and potential willing customers.
Tyson vs. Jones predictions
Brian Campbell: Tyson will likely have one-punch knockout power until the day he dies, which makes “Iron Mike” still a very dangerous challenge for anyone in the opening rounds. But Jones, who should enjoy a legitimate speed advantage, is very much the fresher fighter of the two having stayed active as a professional through 2018 after closing his career on a 12-1 run. Jones has also been operating at cruiserweight in recent years, which means the size disadvantage against an already small heavyweight in Tyson won’t be as much of a concern. Provided Jones can survive the early storm, expect him to pick Tyson apart with relative ease as the fight rolls on.
Brent Brookhouse: Predicting a fight like this is an exercise in guesswork. What does a 54-year-old Tyson have at this point? Jones has the edge in being “fresher” off his pro career, but his chin is long gone in being able to take clean power shots from hard punchers, and Tyson is still a power puncher if nothing else. But nobody seems to fully understand the rules of the fight. The commission says it’s hard sparring and they’ll stop anything beyond that, but the promoters and fighters say it’s 100% a “real fight.” If they can’t actually try to hurt each other, as the commission has said, that would make it a fairly easy fight for Jones as he can use his speed and just pop off easy jabs and combinations and let his speed carry the fight. If they can let their punches fly at full speed and Jones plays around on the ropes like he has a tendency to do, maybe Tyson catches him clean and finishes it off. There’s way too many unknowns here to make any sort of meaningful prediction, but the edge would seem to lie with Jones heading into Saturday.