Fifteen years after his retirement, the former heavyweight champion faced fellow boxing legend Jones Jr. in a fight titled “Frontline Battle”. The World Boxing Council (WBC) supported, commemorated and marked the four-hour live event at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The innings were 60 seconds shorter than usual – two minutes instead of three – and the bout was sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.
The pair were using 12-ounce gloves without any protection.
The WBC used a distance scoring system to judge the performance of Tyson and Jones Jr. Three champions judged and scored in each round, with criteria focused on style, technique, effective punches, effective defense. and effective aggressiveness.
“Despite the isolation and tribulations brought on by COVID-19, Tyson and Jones Jr. have shown us that when a person takes a positive mental outlook, activates their positive mental change, all challenges can be overcome, which is why we have created a one-of-a-kind commemorative belt created especially for the occasion, ”said WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán in a press release.
Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion, is considered one of the most feared boxers of all time. He finished his first year as a professional boxer with a 15-0 record, with all wins by knockout.
“Iron Mike” was 20 years and four months old when he became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. He has a career record of 50-6, with 44 of 50 knockout wins. He last fought in 2005, when he lost to Kevin McBride.
Jones Jr. is a former world champion who sports a 66-9 record. Jones Jr. won his last fight in 2018 against Scott Sigmon.
The fight was a pay-per-view event selling for $ 50 in the United States.
Part of the money will be donated to charities that fight human trafficking and breast cancer, according to Jones Jr. Tyson’s Legends Only League will also donate part of the profits to the WBC José Sulaimán Boxers Fund for support boxers who “have fallen on hard times,” the press release said.
The fight was the first in a series produced by Legends Only League.
CNN’s Madeline Holcombe contributed to this report.