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Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr rules: No knockouts, shortened rounds, no official winner crowned

The exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will take place this weekend and the rules for the clash are slowly being revealed. 

While the meeting of two retired legends has certainly got the boxing world talking, it won’t be a fight like normal with several restrictions placed on the ageing duo.

Tyson and Jones Jr will face off in eight, two-minute rounds

Tyson and Jones Jr will face off in eight, two-minute rounds

Tyson v Jones Jr: Rules

With both fighters over 50 years old, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has placed a set of rules on the bout including that it will be held over eight, two-minute rounds.

The former champions both snubbed the option to wear headguards so CSAC stated that a total fight-time of 16 minutes must be adhered to considering their age. 

The fighters will also be wearing larger 12-ounce gloves in the hope of minimising damage done.

CSAC executive director Andy Foster has said they will stop the contest if a cut appears on either fighter, with no knockouts allowed.

CSAC will also not have any judges present but the World Boxing Council will have Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza, and Chad Dawson scoring the bout.

The trio of former WBC champions will judge the fight remotely.

However, while a special ‘Frontline Battle Belt’ with the inscription ‘Black Lives Matter’ will be given to whoever the judges pick, no official winner will be declared.

Tyson vs Jones Jr rules

  • 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

  • No knockouts allowed

  • No official winner will be declared

Tyson vs Jones Jr: Undercard

The undercard will involve several regular fights under regular rules.

Youtuber Jack Paul will take on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson while former two-weight world champion Badou Jack will also be in action.

London’s Viddal Riley, who has played a key role in the string of Youtube boxing fights in recent years, will also be facing UFC fighter Rashad Coulter at the event.

Main card

  • Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr, WBC Frontline Championship
  • Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, cruiserweight
  • Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, light heavyweight
  • Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter, cruiserweights

Preliminary card

  • Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright, lightweight
  • Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez, featherweight
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones, heavyweight

Tyson vs Jones Jr: Tale of the tape

Mike Tyson – Roy Jones Jr 

Age: 54 – 51

Hometown: New York City – Pensacola, Florida

Record: 50/6/0 (44 KOs) – 66/9/0 (47 KOs)

Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) – 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

Style: Orthodox – Orthodox


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