It’s been sold as one of the biggest comeback fights of all-time but as the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. fight gets closer, there are still plenty of questions to be asked.
Arguably the biggest question is will we see a knockout, but the rules reveal threw a spanner into the works, sparking a bitter slanging match between the presenting partner Triller and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
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Both fighters have voiced their displeasure over the rules that have been put in place, most notably they’ve taken aim at the shortened rounds and for being told not to head into the ring under normal fight rules.
Here are the rules for the big fight.
— It has been sanctioned as an exhibition bout
— It will take place over 8 rounds, lasting two minutes each
— The boxers will not be required to wear headgear
— They will be wearing 12-ounce gloves
— If either boxer suffers a bad cut, the bout is over
— The result will not count on either man’s professional record
— No judges will be present ringside to score the contest
— No official winner to be declared
— No knockouts (both have scoffed at this rule)
The big debate has been over whether knockouts are allowed. While if it happens, it happens, the pair have been told not to go for the KO.
With Tyson bringing 44 KOs in 50 wins and Jones Jr. with 47 KOs in 66 wins, it’s unlikely they will avoid the KO.
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WHEN IS TYSON vs JONES Jr?
The coverage beginning at 1pm AEDT, with the main card scheduled to start at 4pm AEDT. The main event is expected around 6pm AEDT.
HOW TO WATCH TYSON vs JONES Jr.
Eager fans can book the fight through Main Event for $59.95, with the fight also able to be booked through Kayo for those without Foxtel.
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TALE OF THE TAP
Record: 50-6 (44 knockouts)
Titles: WBC heavyweight (1986-90); WBA and IBF heavyweight (1987-90); WBC heavyweight (1996); WBA heavyweight (1996)
Home Country: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pro Debut: 1985
Last Fight: 2005 (L Vs Kevin McBride, Round 6 retirement)
ROY JONES JR.
Record: 66-9 (47 knockouts)
Titles: IBF middleweight (1993-94), IBF super middleweight (1994-96; WBC light heavyweight (1997); WBC light heavyweight (1997-2003); WBA light heavyweight (1998-2003); WBA heavyweight (2003-04); WBA and WBC light heavyweight (2003-04)
Home Country: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Pro Debut: 1989
Last Fight: 2018 (W Vs Scott Sigmon, unanimous decision)