The 8-round exhibition f!ght between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday ended in a draw.
Fifteen years after retiring, the former he-avyweight champion squared off aga!nst fellow bo-xing legend Jones Jr.for a f!ght titled “Frontline Ba-ttle.”
The World Bo-xing Council (WBC) supported, commemorated, and scored the four-hour live event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The rounds were 60 seconds shorter than usual — two minutes, instead of three — and the f!ght was sa-nctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. The pair used 12-ounce gloves without any protection.
The WBC used a remote scoring system to judge Tyson’s and Jones Jr.’s performance. Three champions judged and scored each round, with the criteria focusing on style, technique, effective pu-nching, effective defe-nse, and effective aggre-ssiveness.
“Despite the isolation and tribulations COVID-19 has ca-used, Tyson and Jones Jr. have shown us that when a person embraces a positive me-ntal outlook, turns on his or her positive me-ntal switch, all challenges can be overcome which is why we have created a one of a kind commemorative belt created specifically for the occasion,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán said in a news release.
Tyson, the former he-avyweight world champion, is considered one of the most fe-ared bo-xers of all time. He fin!shed his first year as a professional bo-xer with a 15-0 record, with all wins coming by kno-ckout.
“Iron Mike” was 20 years and four months old when he became the youngest he-avyweight champion in bo-xing history.He has a 50-6 career record, with 44 of the 50 victories coming on kno-ckouts. He last fo-ught in 2005, when he lost to Kevin McBride.
Jones Jr. is a former world champion who sports a 66-9 record. Jones Jr. won his last bout in 2018 aga!nst Scott Sigmon. The f!ght was a pay-per-view event sold for $50 in the United States.
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Some of the money will be donated to charities that f!ght human tr-afficking and bre-ast canc-er, according to Jones Jr. Tyson’s Legends Only League will also donate a portion of proceeds to the WBC José Sulaimán Bo-xers Fund to support bo-xers who “have fallen into hard times,” the news release said. The f!ght was the first of a series produced by Legends Only League.
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