Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. never met each other in the ring during their professional careers, but they’re going to change on Saturday night as the two boxing legends return to the ring for an exhibition match.
The fight will look a little different than a traditional boxing match, consisting of eight, two-minute rounds, but it will undoubtedly be the same heavy-hitting boxing these legends are known for.
Here’s a preview of the highly-anticipated exhibition.
Mike Tyson (-200)
It’s been 15 years since Tyson’s last stepped into the ring for a fight, so some rust is to be expected from the 54-year-old. The boxing legend has 50 wins to his name – 44 of which came by knockout – but he hasn’t won a fight since 2003, and retired from the sport entirely in 2005.
Though the long layoff does not work in his favor, especially with his opponent seeing action as recently as 2018, Tyson does have one advantage in this fight – familiarity in the weight class. Tyson spent his entire 20-year professional career as a heavyweight while Jones bounced between four different weight classes throughout his career.
He’s well past his prime and hasn’t stepped in a ring in a decade and a half, but Tyson is a legend in the sport for a reason. He knows how to prepare for a match, and perhaps more importantly, he knows how to finish one too.
Roy Jones Jr. (+160)
Though Tyson is undoubtedly the bigger name in this fight, Jones actually had the longer and more decorated career, finishing with a 66-9 record and winning titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
Jones’ biggest advantage in this fight is his experience. Tyson’s professional career lasted 20 years, beginning in 1985 and ending in 2005, while Jones fought for almost 30 years, and entered the ring far more recently than Tyson, fighting his most recent match in February of 2018.
Both fighters face the challenge of training for a fight after retirement, but Tyson has been away from the sport five times longer than Jones, and it’s impossible to discount that.
Simply put, this is going to be a violent fight with both fighters going for the knockout victory from the start. Even though he’s been away from the sport for 15 years, that sort of fight favors the career heavyweight in Tyson over the more versatile Jones. Expect Tyson to shine in his comeback fight, winning the epic exhibition by knockout.
Pick: Mike Tyson (-200)