Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr face their dream fight for the last time as the once-famous ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ gains ten pounds heavier than his opponent for their practice fight
- Mike Tyson returns to fight Roy Jones Jr. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
- The Exhibition Battle will be Iron Mike’s first fight in more than 15 years
- Tyson and Jones Jr faced off after the weigh-in for tomorrow’s fight
- Jones Jr weighed 210 pounds, while Tyson was 220 pounds heavier
Mike Tyson and and Roy Jones Jr closed their eyes for the last time before the boxing legends return to the ring on Saturday night.
The pair will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and they looked to their fight after the tradeoff.
Once known as the Baddest Man on the Planet, Tyson will be his first fight in over 15 years.
Legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr had one final showdown before their dream exhibition fight
His opponent who last fought in 2008 came first on the scales and came in at 210 pounds.
Then 54-year-old Iron Mike stepped on the scales and at 220.4 pounds came ten pounds heavier than his opponent.
Jones Jr and Tyson then came together and stared at each other for more than 20 seconds – although they were separated by a screen.
Tyson was the first to turn away and the pair then bent over to the camera to show off their impressive physique with Jones Jr who was just three years younger than his opponent.
It was the lightest Tyson he has weighed since hitting the 218-pound scales for his infamous June 1997 rematch with Evander Holyfield, where he was disqualified for biting his opponent’s ear twice.
He last came in at 233 pounds for his last career fight, a 6th round stoppage loss to Kevin McBride who left his win / loss record at 50-6.
Tyson worked hard for his first fight in a boxing ring in over 15 years
He weighed 220 pounds, which is his lightest since his 1997 fight with Evander Holyfield
After the weigh-in, Tyson said, “I punch. Everything else is up to Roy. I’m coming up to him. He doesn’t have to worry about me. When I run somewhere, I run straight to him. ‘
Jones Jr, who has a record of 66-9, came in on the toughest he has ever weighed for a prize fight after hitting 200 pounds just four times before.
He said, ‘I want to come out early, figure out my ways to attack him. He’s very dangerous when he’s at a distance, ”Jones said.
‘He knows my combinations, but not the speed or speed. He won’t know how I throw them. We both want to beat each other up. ‘
Saturday’s pay-per-view headline fight at BT Sports Box Office will be fought in eight two-minute rounds and with fighters wearing 12-ounce gloves.
Roy Jones Jr (left) is ten pounds lighter and it will be his first fight since February 2018
Some unique changes have been made to what boxing fans have become accustomed to.
In addition to reducing the length of the round from three minutes, there will be no judges to score the fight, but the World Boxing will instead will watch Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson remotely to decide the fight result.
No winner will be officially recorded and it will not count on the hunters’ records, but the one chosen by the judges will win a ‘Frontline Battle Belt’ commissioned by the event.
There have also been some disputes as to whether knockouts are allowed in combat.