Sunday 29th November 2020
At the end of retired boxing, which had mutated into a bore, Mike Tyson uttered a sentence that would never have crossed his lips in his heyday. “I’m glad I didn’t get knocked out,” said the 54-year-old boxing icon: “I’ll be better in the next fight.” And with that, Tyson made it clear after the draw in the show fight against the three years younger Roy Jones junior: 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. “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 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.
Nobody expected the great art of boxing from two 105-year-old ex-professionals. Ex-European champion Luan Krasniqi was all the more surprised: “The fight was really a great fight. Mike Tyson presented himself well. He started the fight well, he was there from the first round to the end. The fight was – different from mine expected – well, that was really boxing. “
“Mike was the more active”
The rounds were shorter, the gloves larger, and both fighters wanted to get out of the ring safe and sound. Now and then old skills flashed. Tyson put his left hook, Jones his famous combinations. “To bring such an achievement with over 50 years, respect!”, Commented Krasniqi the fight, which was more than just a show.
However, the former heavyweight cannot understand the draw, which was judged from a distance by three judges from the WBC association. “The fight was won by Mike Tyson. You are doing boxing a disservice by making it a draw. In the end, they both won, but Mike was the more active one, he took more punches and I think he would have the win have to give “, judged Krasniqi in his analysis for RTL / ntv. The tie, however, now leaves all options open to everyone involved.
For Tyson, it seems certain, it will continue. There’s even a trip to Monaco in the room to face a European opponent. With Jones, however, it sounded like a one-time thing. “I have that behind me now and can go on with my life,” said the ex-world champion after the duel, which was supposed to come about in the early 2000s. “Mike is still a great puncher. He can do whatever he wants now.” But he may still get involved in a rematch. “Maybe they will be even better then,” hopes Krasniqi.