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 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.
- 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
- 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