What are the rules for the fight, knockouts, start time, card


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.

The PPV purchase allows access to Kayo until 3rd December at 11:59:59PM AEDT and can be made even without a separate Kayo subscription.

TALE OF THE TAP

MIKE TYSON

Age: 54

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)

Height: 178cm

Reach: 180cm

Stance: Orthodox

ROY JONES JR.

Age: 51

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)

Height: 180cm

Reach: 188cm

Stance: Orthodox



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Greatest knockouts of the Baddest Man on the Planet


Mike Tyson returns to the ring this weekend at age 54 to take on Roy Jones Jnr at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

At his peak, Iron Mike simply destroyed opponents, cutting a swath through the heavyweight ranks in the late 1980s and again – after serving time in prison – in the late 1990s with his power and fury.

A short right, a formidable right hook, a devastating left hook … Tyson had it all.

Here’s 10 of his best knockout punches.

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10. KO4 Don Halpin (May 23, 1985. Albany, New York.)

While not among his most famous knockouts, this finish gets a mention because it came in only Tyson’s third professional fight, and while still only 18. Also gave us a glimpse of the mayhem to come when, with Halpin already floored, a young Tyson then cracks him on the canvas with yet another uppercut. Wonderfully, the commentator described said punch simply as “questionable”.

9. KO1, Peter McNeeley, (August 19th, 1995)

After his time in prison and four years out of the ring, it was only fair to question whether Tyson would be a lesser fighter once he returned. McNeeley was a solid fighter, but he was also a sacrificial lamb and Tyson ripped him apart in 89 seconds of thunderous blows that ended with McNeeley staggering across the ring and his trainer flying beyond the ropes in an effort to save his charge from more punishment. Technically, it’s in the books as a disqualification, but after four years in jail it was exactly what Tyson needed to show he was still one of the most dangerous men boxing has ever known.

8. KO1 Clifford Etienne (Feb. 22, 2003, Memphis, Tennessee)

The last knockout of Tyson’s career. It took the former champion just 99 seconds to wipe out “The Black Rhino” in what proved to be the last showing of the fearsome power and speed that once dominated the boxing world. Tyson showed little of his old precision but plenty of fury as Etienne walked directly onto a short right that sent his eyes rolling into the back of his head.

7. KO5 Francois Botha (Jan. 16, 1999, Las Vegas)

One right hand, as they say in the classics, is all it takes. And so it was in this one. Sure, Tyson struggled so badly through the opening four rounds of this one it seemed, well, the magic was gone. Then, thwack. Back for the first time in 19 months after serving his suspension for biting the ear of Evander Holyfield, Tyson delivered in cracking right hand late in the fifth to drop Botha, win the fight and conjure of wonderful blast of violence from his past.

6. KO1 Alan Garner (June 5, 2009. Las Vegas)

OK, so isn’t exactly on any of his official boxing records, but given Mike Tyson is fighting this weekend aged, 54, we’re also going to take a little licence with his ‘Greatest Knockouts’ list. Certainly there is no doubting the devastating right that floored actor Zach Galifianakis’s character in The Hangover movie remains an undeniable fan favourite. Better, the scene breathed new life into the fighter’s Baddest Man on the Planet aura. Oh, yeah, the heavyweight king was also deep into a cocaine bender when said punch was thrown. Classic Mike.

5. KO1 Henry Tillman (June 16, 1990, Las Vegas)

Some of these knockouts made the list because of their significance to Tyson’s career. Others made the cut because of the calibre of fighter Tyson managed to bring down. And some, like this one-round massacre of Henry Tillman, are just awesome. Tyson and Tillman had a bit of history – Tillman beat Tyson as an amateur twice, both by decision – and given Tyson was coming off the first loss of his career he didn’t need any extra motivation. After 2:47 of the first round, Tyson’s right hand found the mark and one hammer blow was all it took as Tillman went down like he was shot.

4. KO4 Larry Holmes (Jan. 22, 1988, Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Holmes might have been coming off a two-year layoff after losing two decisions to Michael Spinks, but he was still one of the most decorated heavyweights of his era and throughout his sterling career he’d never been knocked out. Like most of Tyson’s finest moments, one punch was all it took – a short, right hook in the fourth round sent Holmes flying. The former champion beat the count, but the writing was on the wall and a flurry from Tyson sent him down again before another right hook turned out the lights.

3. KO1 Marvis Frazier (July 26, 1986, Glens Falls, New York)

Fastest KO of Iron Mike’s career. In just 30 seconds, Tyson not only destroyed the son of former heavyweight world champion Joe Frazier, or took his undefeated run to 25 fights, but took a big step towards confirming that growing reputation as a genuine killer.

2. TKO2 Trevor Berbick (Nov. 22, 1986, Las Vegas)

It was the night Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. Aged only 20, the young heavyweight came good on the predictions of his late trainer, and guardian, Cus D’Amato, when he demolished his rival with a devastating left hook. Three times, Berbick tried to find his feet. Three times, he failed. By the finish, tumbling into the ring ropes as the bout was waved off.

1. KO1 Michael Spinks (June 27, 1988, Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Mike Tyson needed just 91 seconds to confirm himself the Baddest Man of the Planet. Apart from being the most important win of Iron Mike’s career, it was also the moment which, undoubtedly, defined the Iron Mike mystique. Sure, Tyson already had three belts – but Spinks also arrived for what was then the richest fight in history undefeated in 31 fights, while also having claimed both light heavyweight titles and the IBF heavyweight strap. Didn’t matter. Within less time than it took to announce the dignitaries ringside, he was so gone he would never fight again.



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