Mike Tyson has not been seen like this for a long time: The ex-heavyweight star presented himself in LA in the over 50 show fight against Roy Jones junior, trained and aggressive. So he stood up to the long “best boxer in the world”.
The boxing duel between 54-year-old Mike Tyson and Roy Jones junior, who was three years his junior, did not find a winner. After eight rounds over two minutes in the empty Staples Center in Los Angeles, a three-member jury put together by the WBC boxing association rated the fight as a draw.
The unofficial fight announced as tough sparring was fought quite hard by the two former heavyweight world champions and boxing legends. Tyson in particular looked fit 15 years after his last appearance in the ring, acted aggressively and scored more hits from the start than Jones junior, who fought actively until three years ago and was the best boxer for a long time as world champion in five different weight classes of the world. As previously announced, there was no precipitation.
“I’m glad I didn’t get knocked out,” said Tyson after the fight with a wink. “I’ll be better in the next fight.” And with that, Tyson made it clear: his comeback after 15 years was certainly not a one-off.
Of course, money does matter. The rights to the fight were sold for 50 million dollars, part of the sum goes to charity. But rather, the duel and the preparation for it seemed to vitalize Tyson in particular. One can hear that his life had a greater purpose again.
“We have to do this again”
“That was a lot better than fighting for the world championships,” said “Iron Mike” after the eight two-minute rounds. “We can do something good for the world. We have to do that again.” He also feels great physically. “This event showed me what I’m made of. I want to get even more out of my body.”
And as for the boxing element of the show event in the almost deserted Staples Center in Los Angeles, the rapper Snoop Dogg caused worldwide laughter with an apt analysis in the first round. “It’s like two of my uncles when they fight at the barbecue. Hey grandmother! They’re pounding again,” commented the superstar. At least on social media, the rapper was celebrated as the winner after the tie in the ring.
The duel between the two boxing legends, which was supposed to take place in the early 2000s, was embedded in a show evening in which the YouTube star Jake Paul knocked out the former professional basketball player Nate Robinson and, in addition to Snoop Dogg, musicians like Saint Jhn, Wiz Khalifa and Ne-Yo performed.