Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr, two fiftysomething legends of the fight game, meet on Thanksgiving weekend and will touch gloves inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
The fight was originally supposed to take place on 12 September, but British fans will now need to set their alarms for 4am on Sunday for the main event.
Saturday’s exhibition contest will take place over eight two-minute rounds, with YouTuber Jake Paul and former NBA star Nate Robinson featuring in one of the bouts on the undercard.
While Tyson has been retired for 15 years, he has lost an incredible six stone to get into shape for Saturday’s fight. Jones was last in action as recently as 2018.
Here, we take a look at the betting for the fascinating exhibition. But you can find out all the key info on the fight, including how to watch and what the rules are, in our Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr guide.
Tyson v Jones Jr prediction: ‘Iron Mike’ should prove too strong
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When you are nicknamed “the baddest man on the planet” it’s an unmissable clue that you are known for your strength and aggression.
Tyson has not boxed professionally since November 2005, when he retired during his clash with Kevin McBride. It was a sad end to a career that had everything, with the Brooklyn native becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1987.
He still holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight world title and he was known for his ferocious style and relentless approach inside the squared circle.
Both men will be wearing 12oz gloves (2oz larger than normal) and California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Forster has said he will stop the fight as soon as a cut appears.
Technically, there won’t be a winner unless a knockout occurs so Tyson will look to do as much damage as he can inside the early rounds, something he was known for as a pro.
After losing six stone, it is clear Tyson is taking this bout very seriously and he has said in the build-up that “broken eye sockets, broken jaws and ribs” are his idea of fun.
That should mean Jones is in for a torrid time, despite the bout being much shorter than usual. He is also the naturally smaller man, despite competing at heavyweight in the latter stages of his career.
He won world titles at middleweight, super-middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight, and is the only boxer in history to start his career at light-middleweight and win a world title at heavyweight. Jones Jr last fought in 2018, and he won his last four fights before calling it a day.
At 51, he is past his best by a long way, but he will have fitness on his side. If he can stay mobile, he could take the fight into the later rounds, but Tyson’s power should prove the difference between the pair and “Iron Mike” should have far too much for his rival in this exhibition battle.
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