Tyson, Jones Jr. fight to draw in exhibition bout in Los Angeles

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fought each other in an exhibition at the Staples Center on Saturday in Los Angeles, California. The WBC has announced that the fight was a draw.

Both men were able to throw some significant punches. However, it looked like Tyson was throwing more powerful punches.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson prepares for his exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr.
Mike Tyson prepares for his exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. (Photo by Mike Tyson/Instagram)

Jones Jr. was clearly hurting from some of Tyson’s punches. That caused the former champion to hold Tyson many times throughout the eight rounds.

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“A draw, I don’t do draws,” Jones Jr. said in a post-fight interview. “The dude is so strong. I understand why they say that some things are a Bucket List, because when he hits you with his punches, or his body shots, everything hurts. For me, I had to do enough boxing on the outside. I’m cool with a draw. We may have to do it again, but I don’t know.”

The 54-year-old returned to the ring for the first-time since 2005. Tyson was defeated by Kevin McBride in his last official bout at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

Tyson has a 50-6 boxing record, including 44 knockouts. Five of his six losses came via the knockout.

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“Absolutely,” Tyson said about doing it again. “He’s [Jones Jr.] is going to be on the card, as well.”

Jones returned to the ring for the first-time since 2018. He won a unanimous decision over Scott Sigmond at the Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida for the vacant World Boxing Union (German Version) Cruiser Championship.

The Pensacola, Florida native went 66-9 in his boxing career with 44 knockouts. Five of his nine losses came via the knockout.

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“I was very happy to be here,” Tyson said. “Despite what anybody says, I was so happy to go the eight rounds. Everybody knows that I could knock somebody out. Nobody knew that I could go eight rounds. I’m grateful for that nowadays. You have to be able to go the distance. That’s fighting.”

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