Behind the smoke screen, nostalgia, curiosity and a convincing comeback: Mike Tyson made his return to the ring at 54, despite a draw conceded against Roy Jones Jr, 51, on Saturday, November 28, during the ‘an evening previously saved by Snoop Dogg.
Expected with a mixture of excitement and excitement by lovers of the noble art, the exhibition between Tyson and Jones Jr did not disappoint. If no winner was chosen at the end of the eight rounds of two minutes – a duration which proved to be very reasonable, with all due respect to the original complaints of the protagonists – the two boxers showed that they still had some in gloves.
Coming out of his successful comeback against Roy Jones Jr, the heavyweight legend said he wanted to continue boxing next year, citing the possibility of a fight in the south of France. “My body is gorgeous, I’m going to make it fight a little harder. I want to continue this momentum. Maybe we will do something in the south of France – Monaco or Saint-Tropez – with a European fighter ”, Tyson said.
“Everything is possible, the sky is the limit. (…) I just want to keep doing this from a humanitarian point of view ”, said the star of the rings, whose return to 54 years, after fifteen years without boxing, is animated by the will to help the homeless and the drug addicts by collecting money with this kind of fights exhibitions.
At the time of the draw announcement, Tyson appeared much cooler than Jones Jr., still sweaty and exhausted from the “Blows to the body that exhausted me”, he confessed. “You took it well, because I sent you some.” I respect that “, replied “Iron Mike”, satisfied with the result: “The draw suits me!” “ And who ordered him to “Put it back”.
Dressed in flowing black shorts as in his heyday, Tyson was, as expected, the most aggressive, starting each round with a bang and advancing incessantly towards Jones Jr, more mobile, who knew how to respond in counters.
Enough to inspire yet another punchline to Snoop Dogg, who had just performed a medley of his greatest hits, curls of cannabis cigarettes as a bonus. “Looks like two of my uncles fighting over the barbecue!” “, exclaimed the rapper, winner by K.-O. to the comment in front of the consultant Sugar Ray Leonard, hardly inspired.
Despite the setting « exhibition » set by the California Athletic Commission (CSAC) to preserve their physical integrity, the two boxers, prepared for several months and subjected to anti-doping tests, have, as promised, delivered a “Real fight”.
Evidenced by this jab [direct du bras avant] sent full face by Jones Jr at 2e round, the two large hooks to the left of Tyson at the body and temple at 5e, these blows also that he released after the gong of 3e, apologizing immediately taking “Tenderly” his victim’s head on his shoulder.
Neither lacked panache, and Tyson can be proud of having made forget his pathetic exit of fifteen years ago, when he lost his last professional fight against the Irish stranger. Kevin McBride.
“We don’t play boxing”
Behind closed doors requires in these times of galloping pandemic, there were no raging fans in the stands of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, no electricity that usually spices up the big nights. So much so that it began in a certain embarrassment, in a very dark high-tech decorum, aiming to better bring out the all-white ring, on which a sports betting site, another serving as a cannabis directory (legalized in California).
As of circumstance, it is Mario Lopez, actor known to have played in the sitcom Saved by the Bell, which animated the evening. And before the flagship fight, which finally kept its promises, three more took place.
The most anticipated by those who have made him an Internet star, opposed the YouTuber to 20 million subscribers Jake Paul to former NBA basketball player Nate Robinson. And they certainly weren’t disappointed, since the first one inflicted a tough knockout. to the second, sent to the mat three times. All at the end of a boxing parody.
“Slow down nephew!” He rode on basketball sneakers! “, Snoop Dogg first started seeing Robinson’s eagerness to pounce on his opponent. “Oh Lord! Call the ambulance! “, he screamed, laughing after falling face down on the ground.
The impressive image of the former three-time All-Star Game dunk contest winner standing still has even worried the Golden State Warriors point guard, Stephen Curry, tweetant “Get over it Nate… come on man”. Robinson finally stood up painfully and sat down on a stool. This sport is not a joke. Even Snoop Dogg, in whom humor does not preclude common sense, agreed: “We play basketball, we don’t play boxing. “