The long-awaited eight-round exhibition bout finally takes place this Saturday after being postponed since September.
This Saturday the long-awaited meeting between Mike Tyson, former absolute world heavyweight champion, and the other boxing icon Roy Jones Jr. takes place in a two-minute eight-round exhibition bout at the Staples Center in Los Angels
The combat, originally scheduled for the September 12, supposes the back to the ‘ring’ of the two boxing legends. At the weigh-in ceremony, held this Friday, the fighters, aged 54 and 51, respectively, appeared very serious and wore face masks in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Together they are 105 years old and 91 victories by KO.
On November 25, ‘Iron’ Mike himself revealed that the bout broke the record for preliminary PPV (Pay-Per-View) sales, which means that both fighters could receive additional millionaire earnings. However, official sales figures have not yet been disclosed.
Roy Jones Jr. is reported to receive about $ 3 million for the fight, while Tyson, who has promised to donate most of his proceeds to charity, will collect $ 10 million, journalist Kevin Lole revealed Wednesday. .
The California Athletic Commission, which oversees the fight, gave permission for a match in which both fighters will demonstrate their skills without seeking a knockout. “They can move and make a little money, but I told them that if someone suffers a cut, it will all end,” the commission’s executive director, Andy Forster, said Nov. 23.