Reaction recap: Mike Tyson – Roy Jones Jr. fight ends in draw

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In what was ultimately as bizarre a sporting event as the year it ended, boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. returned to the ring in a battle of 50-year-old former champions. Saturday night.

After eight two-minute rounds at Staples Center in Los Angeles and impressive displays from both veteran fighters, the fight was ruled a draw by unofficial WBC judges Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson.

“It’s better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said after the heavyweight tilt, whose purpose was to raise money for charity. “We are humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We have to start over. ”

While Jones’ return to the ring was his first since 2018, it was the first time Tyson had returned in 15 years. But the man who established himself as one of the most dominant heavyweights in the game in his heyday has provided insight into the form that made him an undisputed champion decades ago.

“The gunfire definitely took its toll,” Jones said after the fight of Tyson’s attack. “It’s something to take the punches Mike throws. I’m cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again.

As the event divided boxing fans between those who saw it as nothing more than a spectacle and others who were more than willing to let go for the chance to see two of the best in the sport perform their duties. back, discuss the card on social media – from YouTuber Jake Paul’s knockout victory over former NBA guard Nate Robinson at Tyson and Jones’ main reunion – highlighted the undeniable interest in the ‘event.

The show certainly didn’t disappoint either, with California legend Snoop Dogg emerging as one of the night’s real winners, his commentary throughout – not short of witty one-liners – drawing rave reviews from the crowd. social media.

At the end of the night, the meeting of the two former champions under the lights ended amicably.

“I hit you with a few good punches, and you took it,” Tyson told Jones after the fight. “I respect that. ”

Relive all the action below via the Twitterverse’s turn-based reaction to combat, from the opening bell to the last:

Pre-fight

First half (rounds 1 to 4)

Second half (rounds 4-8)

– With files from The Associated Press

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