Former world champions Mike Tyson Y Roy Jones Jr. they meet in an eight-round exhibition fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fight is the main event of a six-fight PPV event.
Tyson, 54, hasn’t fought professionally since losing to Kevin McBride in 2005. Jones, 51, has not had a significant victory since defeating Jeff Lacy in 2009.
In the co-main event, YouTube sensation, Jake Paul, returns to the ring for his second professional fight against the former NBA player, Nate Robinson, in a six-round light heavyweight battle.
Paul defeated Ali Eson Gib by TKO in the first round in January, and Robinson is making his boxing debut.
Also on the card, former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Badou Jack faces undefeated Blake McKernan in an eight-round fight at cruiserweight. Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs) is coming off consecutive decision losses suffered in 2019, against Marcus Browne in January and Jean Pascal in December.
Jack wins but doesn’t shine
Badou Jack was dominant against Blake McKernan in the only fight on the Tyson-Jones Jr. undercard that featured a notable boxer.
Jack (23-3-3, 13 KOs), who fought the heaviest weight of his professional career, should have demolished someone like McKernan (13-1, 6 KOs), but McKernan not only made it to the end, but that he withstood all of Jack’s punishment and wasn’t even knocked down.
Yes, Jack won all rounds on all three scorecards, the fight should have been stopped by the referee or McKernan’s corner to avoid any further punishment; But ultimately Jack couldn’t take down someone who was never even remotely close to his caliber.
This is where a closer examination of Jack is required. He is 37 years old and had one win in his five bouts prior to Saturday night.
With an opponent like McKernan, Jack was in a dead end situation. Either you win dominant as expected, or you don’t look impressive. For Jack, it was the latter.
– Ben Baby
Ortiz shines with victory by KO
Jamaine Ortiz, in the last few ronds, seemed to be playing Sulaiman Segawa. He would jump in and out, dance around his opponent, and then land a punch or two before coming back out.
Consistent throughout the fight, Ortiz controlled the middle ronds and an eventual knockout 2:50 minutes in the seventh round to win the USNBC silver lightweight title.
The end for Segawa (13-3-1) began with an uppercut to the body that knocked him to the ground. Segawa got up, and then Ortiz (14-0, 8 KOs) hit him with multiple attacks to the head that led to the referee stopping the fight.
Like the Gonzalez-Vasquez fight in Game 1, Segawa-Ortiz was an action-packed fight with a strong pace throughout. Segawa survived a strong flurry in the final 30 seconds of Ortiz’s third round, when he hit multiple combinations.
Ortiz threw 426 punches, 153 fewer than Segawa, and landed 121 of them, compared to Segawa’s 129. Segawa landed more power shots (111-92) but Ortiz was much more accurate (40 percent versus 31 percent).
Ortiz appeared to set the pace in the fourth round with a variety of punches, all of which had a good time. He stalked Segawa through the ring, hitting him through constant contact. Segawa recovered early in the fifth with the most energy he had shown since the middle of round two. He faced an accidental headbutt in the middle of the episode to be more aggressive, but when he did, Ortiz countered deftly.
The 29-year-old managed to stay sharp with a strong chin, but Ortiz, 24, of Worcester, Massachusetts, played with Segawa for much of the fight. It appeared that Segawa had tired Ortiz in the seventh round, but Ortiz responded and ended the fight for his second consecutive knockout.
– Michael Rothstein
Vásquez surpasses González
What Irwin González and Edward Vázquez did in the ring was show the best of boxing. Vázquez won by split decision with cards of 77-75, 75-77 and 77-75 in a fight that was one of the best of 2020.
In the first round, Vazquez was connected by a great uppercut, but managed to stay on his feet. In that exchange, the Fort Worth, Texas, native showed the chin he needed to defeat Gonzalez. Vasquez took big punches during the eight-round fight and picked up the pace in the final three minutes.
Vazquez (9-0, 1 KO) landed big punches in the eighth round and appeared to hurt Gonzalez (14-3, 11 KOs) in the final minute. Although Vazquez was unable to send his opponent to the canvas or get a stoppage, he did enough to earn a victory in one of the most entertaining bouts of the year.
The willingness to participate like Vázquez and González did on Saturday night is increasingly rare in sport. His performance is to be applauded and both fighters did nothing but add to his prestige after his departure on the Tyson-Jones Jr. undercard.
– Ben Baby.