Billed as an exhibition at the Staples Center in L.A., California between former heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson, now 54, and out of the ring for 15 years and former 4 division world champion Roy Jones, Jr. now 51 out of the ring for almost 3 years, it had a lot of hype going into their event Saturday!
This writer could have watched it for free at the VBA Ring One club but wasn’t interested enough to travel 90 minutes to the Port Richmond section of North Philly to see it but have watched it on www.youtube.com.
In the first four 2-minute rounds there was a lot of holding by Jones who was warned by referee Ray Corona, Jr. time and again for holding. I was hoping for more movement on the part of Jones but he looked more interested in holding than boxing. On the other hand Tyson had his “hands tied” agreeing not to go for a knockout so there were few head shots on his part. Jones said after the fight that “every punch to the body hurt!”
For the next four rounds it continued being little jab and more grab on the part of Jones while Tyson went to the body only while in a clinch with his head in Jones face like he did with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. To hear the ringside commentators talk it up with one saying it was an exciting fight was sad. Some boxing sites like one of the best in Fight News said it was an “exciting fight!” Others told it like it was “boring!”
For this writer it was difficult to watch. Not even a good sparring session in my opinion. If Tyson is going to do it again it will have to be with another puncher type with neither one’s “hands tied!” If you ask “what did you expect at their ages” I have to say “what the hell were they thinking doing this? Was it all about the money? What else? Tyson certainly won every round for what it’s worth. The draw must have been agreed on with the three non-professional judges ahead of time. Let’s hope there isn’t a Tyson-Jones 2!