The world was treated to a decent surprise when Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. decided to put on the gloves once again. After all, the only recent memory we have of them is a video of Tyson tossing around a steel cage on Twitter. Now, we understand we he was doing just that.
Mike Tyson tossing around a steel cage like it's nothing 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 5, 2020
Online sportsbooks Bovada and Bodog have already released the betting odds for these two iconic champions, with Jones Jr. opening as the -135 favorite and Tyson as a -105 underdog. However, it didn’t take long for this line to flip as now Tyson is the -135 fave with Jones Jr. the -105 dog.
With all the excitement surrounding the exhibition match in September, here are three bold predictions for the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. fight. Take note, it’s okay not to agree with these. After all, these are bold predictions.
3. It’s going to be boring
Let’s face it. These athletes have aged and they’re no longer in their prime. As exciting as it may sound, most of the hype focuses on the announcement of their return to the ring, rather than the actual fight itself. As father time has yet to be defeated, all these flashy training videos may not be enough to overcome the true enemy.
Moreover, the fact that this is an exhibition match means that it’s realistic not to expect any knockouts. Look to them to box in two-ounce gloves and finish all eight rounds.
2. Tyson may actually take it seriously
In the event that the first one doesn’t happen, then it would certainly mean that number two will. As Mike Tyson has been known to be one of the most unpredictable figures in sports, you never know what you may get out of him, even in just an exhibition match.
If he actually takes the fight seriously, expect him to close the distance and land some heavy hooks. Thus, if the tempo picks up and they go blow for blow, Tyson will have a clear advantage as he’s simply dangerous in tight range. In this scenario, the fight will definitely be more interesting to watch.
1. Roy Jones Jr. will come out on top
We know people are dying to see Tyson box again. However, the fact of the matter is that he hasn’t been in action for the last 15 years with his last win dating back to as far as 2003. Meanwhile, Jones Jr. had his last fight just in 2018, scoring a unanimous win over Scott Sigmon, closing out his career on a four-fight winning streak. Thus, not only does Jones Jr. have the advantage in terms of speed, but also in terms of shaking off the rust. Expect Jones Jr. to come out on top via split decision.
Nevertheless, it should be an exciting match at the end of the day, regardless of the outcome. The fact that they decided to put the gloves on once again is a huge boost for boxing fans in a time where the sport has come to a halt due to world events.
Kudos to these two champs.