“Even now, 15 years after his last fight as a pro, the 54-year-old maintains a formidable reputation.”
Don’t knock out opponent or make him bleed – does Mike Tyson honestly intend to obey tonight’s rules?
Iron Mike returns to the ring to fight Roy Jones Jr.
CNN – When Mike Tyson was in his prime, he was described as “the baddest man on the planet.”
A heavyweight boxing champion who thrashed his opponents into submission so quickly, many of them never even got to experience a seat on the corner stool — they were in and out of the ring in less than three minutes.
He was ferocious and his beatings could be savage; Tyson’s fists moved so fast that “Iron Mike” struck fear into his opponents long before they stepped through the ropes and, even now, 15 years after his last fight as a professional, the 54-year-old American maintains a formidable reputation.
A man who frequently courted controversy both inside and outside of the ring, the former world heavyweight champion could be described as many things, but it seems rather unusual to call him “a dance partner,” which is how Roy Jones Jr. referred to his compatriot ahead of their exhibition fight in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“I’m happy, I get to see what it’s like to be in the ring with Mike Tyson before I die,” Jones told CNN. “I’ll get the best wishes of my life.”
“His speed, strength, and vicious aggression earned him the name of ‘the baddest man on the planet.'”
For the 51-year-old Jones, this is almost a story of unrequited love, a date — at last — with the fighter that got away.
While Tyson dominated his division to become one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Jones cemented his legacy by moving through the divisions, becoming world champion in four different weights.
Jones said that when he was the heavyweight champion in 2003, the only man he wanted to fight was Tyson, but the stars never aligned. Close to retirement, Tyson wasn’t interested in fighting much anymore and so Jones returned to the light heavyweight division and continued boxing until 2018 … Read more.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR TYSON VS. JONES?
DAZN News – As Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. make their final preparations for their pay-per-view event this weekend, the rules for their fight are starting to be made clear.
Both fighters have come out of retirement to make the November 28 fight, and with Jones aged 51 and Tyson 54, there are some unusual rules that have been put in place for the exhibition fight.
While the match-up will be recognizable to even casual observers, there are some key differences compared to a standard competitive bout.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has ruled that instead of a regular 12 rounds, the pair will compete over just eight rounds.
Those rounds will be only two minutes long, compared to the standard three minutes each.
The reduced time spent in the ring is partly due to both fighters refusing to use headguards, meaning the CSAC put in the extra restriction.
If either fighter suffers a cut, then the fight will be stopped, and no knockouts are allowed … Read more.
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