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Mike Tyson showed age hadn’t robbed him of his power as the former heavyweight champion, on his long-awaited return to the ring, topped Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout Saturday in Los Angeles which was surprisingly deemed a draw.
Although there was no ring judge to mark the eight-round contest between two of boxing’s all-time greats, both over the age of 50, and no official winner, World Boxing Council formed a group of judges who marked the fight from a distance.
“I used to do it for three minutes,” Tyson, 54, said of the shorter sleeves. “Sometimes those two minutes felt like three minutes. I’m happy to have this under my belt to keep doing it and going further.
Tyson, 15 years after his ignominious loss to Irishman Kevin McBride in the last professional fight of his career, came out shooting and controlled the fight the entire way.
Jones Jr, 51, was the more noticeably tired of the two fighters, but managed to pick up the pace enough in subsequent rounds to secure the victory on one scorecard and a draw on the other while Tyson took the third scorecard.