Every rule tilted to favor Mike Tyson, claims Roy Jones on the Joe Rogan Podcast
If you had Joe Rogan somehow getting involved with the upcoming Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson fight, you were probably correct, as one of the combatants took to his podcast to explain some issues he has.
It’s still over a month before the exhibition match between former champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. on November 28, but the two fighters have already traded shots ahead of the fight.
In an appearance on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Jones Jr. said that he feels that every rule in their upcoming exhibition bout, which is scheduled for eight two-minute rounds, favors Tyson. When asked by Rogan on how many rounds the fight will go, the 51-year old Jones said he was made to agree to eight two-minute rounds instead of the three minute rounds that he originally wanted.
This, he said, was to the advantage of the 54-year old Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs)), a former undisputed heavyweight champion. The only reason he agreed to this rule, according to Jones, was because he didn’t want to upset fans who were already looking forward to the bout, which will be held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Jones (56-9, 7 KOs), who has won titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions, said that having shorter rounds would keep Tyson fresh in the later rounds of the fight, which he admitted was to his disadvantage. He says that in order to defeat Tyson, he will need to work faster than he originally expected because of the time of the rounds.
He also harked back to Tyson’s famous second fight with Evander Holyfied in 1997, when he was disqualified for biting his ear, saying that he feels safer wearing headphones for the exhibition match because his opponent might bite his ear.
Jones, however, admitted that he needs to be at his best against Tyson, whom he also called an “awesome person,” because he doesn’t know which version of Tyson he will get come fight night.