Mike Tyson exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. in Los Angeles ended in a draw in the 8th round in a game that was considered one-sided.
The 54-year-old former world heavyweight king ended 15 years of inactivity to take on 51-year-old Jones in the high-profile ‘exhibition’.
While rap artist Snoop Dog said it was like watching “two of my uncles fighting at a barbecue” during his stint as a ringside commentator, boxing legends including David Haye, Lennox Lewis and George Foreman expressed satisfaction.
An unofficial WBC panel of judges was made up of three former fighters and Tyson received a score of 79-73 from Christy Martin, but Vinny Paz favoured Jones Jr with a wide tally of 80-76, while Chad Dawson scored it 76-76 to seal a draw after eight two-minute rounds.
Speaking after the match, Mike Tyson told BT Sport Box Office.
“I’m good with it. I entertained the crowd. The crowd was happy it,”
But Jones Jr admitted:
“I don’t do draws man, but I understand why they say certain things are buckets lists, because when he hits you, if it’s his head, his punches, his body shots, it don’t matter. Everything hurts.
“For me, I thought I did enough boxing on the outside, but I’m cool with the draw. We might have to do it again.”
Concerns had been raised about the two boxing legends returning to the ring and Tyson insisted afterwards that he was more at risk than Jones Jr.
“I was afraid I might get hurt,” Tyson told BT Sport Box Office. “He only stopped fighting for three years. Why do nobody care about my a**? I haven’t been fighting for 15 years and he stopped fighting three years ago and everybody is worried about his a**.