It has been over 15 years since “Iron Mike” last fought in a sanctioned bout. The once dominant heavyweight endured a rough end to his legendary career, falling to win in three of his last four fights, and taking a professional boxing record 50-6 in Saturday night’s fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Watch Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday, November 28 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT live on Pay-Per-View. Rogers Ignite TV subscribers watch channel 499 or contact your local service provider for more information.
Tyson was dominant in his prime, scoring 44 of his 50 career wins by KO, and sports a solid -150 odds to secure victory over Jones by KO, TKO or disqualification. However, with the bout limited to eight two-minute rounds and both fighters wearing oversized 12-ounce gloves, the odds for this contest lasting over 7.5 rounds are listed at +155.
As Tyson returns to the ring after an extended absence, Jones has remained active and takes a four-game winning streak in Saturday’s tilt as a +170 underdog. A former world champion in four different weight classes, Jones last fought in early 2018, earning a 10-round unanimous decision victory over American Scott Sigmon to claim the WBU cruiserweight title.
With less than two months to his 52nd birthday, age hasn’t robbed Jones of his punching power. The light heavyweight world champion as recently as 2009, Jones has finished his opponents in six of his last nine fights, including four wins in two rounds. However, Jones remains a +2000 shooter to end Saturday’s fight in the first two rounds, with the odds of him knocking Tyson down on his way to a listed win at a distant +450 at online betting sites. .
Indeed, as the odds hover in Tyson’s favor since opening his doors as an underdog, Jones has appeared a -160 bet to be knocked down and lose on Saturday night.
As the first four card bouts on Saturday night clash with professional boxers, the co-main event offers an unusual match, with former NBA star Nate Robinson taking on controversial internet personality Jake Paul as a outsider of +185 odds.
Former NBA Champion Slam Dunk is set to make his professional boxing debut after responding to a challenge from Paul, who has been busy actively inviting a range of professional athletes to a battle in the ring. No stranger to bad behavior outside the ring, Paul is ranked among the -235 favorites on Saturday night after scoring a first round TKO victory over compatriot YouTube AnEsonGib in his boxing debut on New Years Eve.