Mike Tyson will return to the squared circle after a lay-off of 15 years against a seasoned Roy Jones Jr. The event has already captivated the boxing world, and Tyson has claimed that the event will break the PPV record for the decade.
The main event brings two of the best former champions of the sport inside the ring in a matchup that has been touted since the early 90s. However, it’s an exhibition clash that will prevent them from hurting each other. Neither side will be allowed to hit a knockout, and if any of the contenders suffer a cut, the fight will stop. That said, there will be no winner in the contest.
All these factors have certainly dismayed the hardcore fans who were expecting fireworks from Tyson and Jones Jr. Several people including UFC president Dana White have also ridiculed the idea.
Meanwhile, an active heavyweight clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce is also happening on the same night.
Thus, the question arises whether Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. is over-hyped? People have been talking about the event for months, at the eleventh-hour fans have realized that it may just be an exhibition.
But, it still holds some unique values and deserves all the attention it is receiving.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr.–A fight for the ages
Despite the fact that it’s an exhibition, ‘Iron’ and ‘Captain Hook’ have still prepared hard for the fight. They have already put several clips of their training on social media. In the eight-round collision, they will seemingly bring their best game, and make boxing fans reminisce about the golden era of the sport.
Apart from the classic main-event, the undercard has some alluring matchups and have eventually been built well. NBA player Nate Robinson will make his boxing debut against Jake Paul. ‘The Ripper’ Badou Jack will also look to bounce back with a win against Blake McKernan. Here’s a look at the full-fight card.
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.
Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson
Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan
Jamaine Ortiz vs. Sulaiman Segawa
Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez — featherweight title
Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Gregory Corbin — heavyweight title
Charity- A noble cause
If we exclude all the hype and attention, the fight will take place for a charitable purpose. Although Tyson and Roy have been guaranteed $10 million and $3million respectively, a huge chunk is being donated to charity. Thus, it is much more than just an event. ‘Iron’ has claimed that his entire fight purse will be handed over to a charity.