Fifteen years later, the pace has changed, but not his thirst for victory and the violence of the blows. Absent from the rings since his defeat against Kevin McBride in 2005, Mike Tyson had a nice comeback this weekend against Roy Jones Jr at a charity show at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Officially, the fight will not be counted in the world rankings but the three WBC judges (former champions Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson) have decided that there will be no winner at the end of this duel.
“I am OK with the decision because it pleased the public,” said Mike Tyson after the end of the fight before addressing Roy Jones. I know I touched you and you took it. I respect you.”
A real punchers fight
At 54 years old, “Iron Mike” has not lost its luster and boxing enthusiasts have not been disappointed. Despite the modified rules for avoid injuries of one of the two veterans, and in particular the ban on knockouts, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr (51) gave everything and did not hold back their blows during this beautiful fight.
For his big comeback, “Kid Dynamite” made it into the classic. Black shorts and black shoes as in the days of his glory, Mike Tyson confidently stepped into the ring.
Jones a tone below, Tyson begging for more
Conqueror from the first moments of this fight, the 54-year-old legend quickly took action. Opposite, Roy Jones showed good mobility to try to destabilize his rival but ended up losing intensity.
Jones is noticeably more tired than Tyson halfway through round six of 8. Tyson still bobbing and weaving, moving his feet and throwing heat (for 54).
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 29, 2020
And from the fourth round, the one who shone in four different categories during his pro career ran out of juice. Faced with the blows of Mike Tyson (67 hits against 37), he was finally overtaken by the weight of the years and never succeeded in endangering his opponent.
At 54 years old, some feared to see “Papy Dynamite” in the ring, Mike Tyson makes them lie. Better prepared than Roy Jones Jr, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” sounded more dashing but also didn’t impress.
In legs but less explosive than in the past, Tyson will still have to raise his level if he hopes to come out of retirement to try to find the high level. This weekend, it was not enough to win but the essential was elsewhere: fifteen after, Mike Tyson still has nice leftovers and is already asking for more. It was clearly not his last fight. Mike is back.