Well... the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr exhibition has come and gone. It had lofty expectations to live to after the total hilarity that was Nate Robinson running himself into Jake Paul’s right hand over and over until he got knocked out. Neither of these 50+ year old men got knocked out, as was one of the stipulations for this to be considered an exhibition, but that doesn’t mean they half-assed it.
Safe to say that Tyson looked in better shape than he did when he lost to Kevin McBride in his final pro fight 15 years ago. He was light on his feet and firing away some brutal body shots, with one noticeably hurting Jones in the fourth. Jones landed a nice left hand from the southpaw position in round six but it was pretty obvious that Tyson was easily the more effective fighter. Jones’ trademark reflexes and speed, which I may note came at much lighter weight classes, were predictably absent in this one. If you unofficially scored this then Mike clearly won, but two of the WBC’s three guest judges disagreed and this was unofficially ruled a draw. Maybe it was always meant to be that way. Vinny Pazienza ain’t meant to be a judge.
Nobody got seriously hurt. It wasn’t depressing. I guess it’s the best we could’ve hoped for with two old, faded legends stepping into the ring for a nostalgic spectacle.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Is this a propaganda event for the legalisation of cannabis?— Sunny Edwards (@SunnyEdwards) November 29, 2020
Roy looks like he has a limp... he def doesn’t look like he has a lot of spring in his step. #tysonvsjones— Nik “The Carny” Lentz (@NikLentz) November 29, 2020
Roy Jones in his prime was epic , Tyson in his prime was epic . This is going to be good ! #TysonJones— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 29, 2020
Waking kind weird rjj?— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) November 29, 2020
What do yall think the chances of Tyson biting an ear off again are?! Is there a betting line on that? Lbs #tysonvsjones— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) November 29, 2020
Exhibition My Ass!! @MikeTyson still brings the hate!!!— Cortney Casey (@CastIron_Casey) November 29, 2020
Mike can not keep throwing away his power got rounds to go— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 29, 2020
Who ever pay for the boxing tonight, slap your face— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) November 29, 2020
Roy Jones is at home now, like gym work. Butterflies are gone— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 29, 2020
Tyson can't whoop Roy. Roy playing what man— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) November 29, 2020
So far this looks like most exhibitions I’ve seen: neither guy really going for it but one guy taking it more seriously than the other. My key impression here is that Mike would cold him in a true fight. #TysonJones— Jed Meshew II (@JedKMeshew) November 29, 2020
Mike still has some speed, which is a little scary. He’s def throwing hard to the body at least.— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 29, 2020
4 rounds and no uppercuts Tyson— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 29, 2020
"Does Roy look tired to you?"— Ewan Ross (@Mentoch) November 29, 2020
Sugar Ray Leonard asks about a 51 year old halfway through the fight
No bull, this is my friend April’s cat watching #TysonJones. For real. Cat was rescued from the island of Belize. Obviously a #boxing fan. #tysonvsjonesjr #rescuecats #rescuedogs #AdoptDontShop pic.twitter.com/O7O4MDR94Q— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) November 29, 2020
Extremely clear- despite this being a fun event- that Tyson has stopped putting his foot on the gas.— Jonathan Leir (@ringwalkjon) November 29, 2020
As they smile at each other and Tyson allows the clinch.
Good for them to make their money.
2 more rounds to go, Tyson wants the KO— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 29, 2020
Mike looking fresh going into round 6 and Roy looking tired! #tysonvsjones— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) November 29, 2020
This is a lot better than everyone expected after the weigh ins yesterday. #tysonvsjones— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) November 29, 2020
Roy still full from thanksgiving.— Skinny Suge (@FreddieGibbs) November 29, 2020
I’m more than impressed right now by both of these legends #tysonvsjones— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) November 29, 2020
Best exhibition I have ever seen— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 29, 2020
Roy Jones could barely walk to the ring. Soon as he got buzzed was bouncing around the ring like the old days. Crazy what the human brain is capable of— Sunny Edwards (@SunnyEdwards) November 29, 2020
Rizin over here here rubbing their hands like .... Mike Tyson vs Anderson Silva ☕️— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 29, 2020