Mike Tyson, 54, vows to make a draw again after fighting 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr.


Mike Tyson hugged Roy Jones Jr. after the final bell rang.

With the long-awaited return of the boxer, the former heavyweight champion’s show fight against his legendary companion, Jr. Jr., on Saturday night was not officially tied.

After an eight-round clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tyson, who last fought in 2005, said he would “absolutely” do another show.

“We have to do this again,” he said.

Both warriors showed their former glory, but in the end, Tyson flooded Jones with a heavy blow, who dismantled Jones after the fourth round. Tyson surpassed Jones 67-37, according to the CompuBox.

Tyson also had a 57-28 advantage in power strokes, including 35 in the body.

“I like it, but the dude is so strong, man,” Jones said afterwards. “I understand why they say certain things to ‘bucket list’ because when you hit it, if your head, your punches, your body shots, it doesn’t matter. Everything hurts. So I thought I was boxing enough from the outside to pull it out, but I’m good at That means we might just have to do it again, but I don’t know. “

Tyson, 54, became the youngest heavyweight champion in 1986 at the age of 20. Jones, 51, is a former four-division champion.

Saturday’s fight was unofficially won by former champion Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson. The rounds lasted 2 minutes each, and each fighter wore 12 oz. gloves and headgear. The WBC also created a “Frontline Battle Belt,” which both fighters received.

“I thought it was doping. I’m a little nervous that they reached a tie, but they gave it their all.” said Jake Paul, YouTuber, who had a brutal second-round rash to former NBA guard Nate Robinson on the bottom card. . “And they both looked good. Mike came out vigorously. Mike won. Let’s give Mike Wt.”

The event was not organized in the traditional boxing style.

Rapper Snoop Dogg not only performed during the event but also served as a commentator on both the Paul-Robinson undercard and the Tyson-Jones main event. Additional musical performances were held by rappers, French Montana, YG and Wiz Khalifa, and Grammy-winning artist Ne-Yo sang the national anthem.

For Jones, it was his first fight since 2018, and he honored the late Kobe Bryant in his gloves with images of the Los Angeles Lakers legend, which also includes numbers 24 and 8.

“I had to pay tribute to Kobe because he was the latest biggest,” Jones said. “Michael Jordan will always be my number one favorite, but Kobe and [Allen] Iverson is there in second and third place. “

Although both fighters turned out to be healthy after the game, Tyson said he is not involved in any fight other than an exhibition. He promised to donate his wallet to charity, calling it humanitarian: “bigger than fighting.”

“We’re helping people,” Tyson said. – It’s bigger. I’m dealing with this now.

Although he said he wanted to get back in the ring again, Tyson admitted he was afraid of injury after being away from the ring for so long.

– I’m afraid I could get hurt. Why doesn’t anyone care about my ass? Tyson told Gray. “I haven’t fought in 15 years, he stopped fighting two years ago and everyone is worried about his ass.

Tyson then joked, “I’m not a giant. I’m a beginner.”