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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr – AS IT HAPPENED

  • Mike Tyson drew with Roy Jones Jr in their exhibition bout on Saturday night
  • The bout was scored by three former fighters in an unofficial capacity
  • YouTube star Jake Paul scored a brutal knockout win over NBA hero Nate Robinson on the undercard
  • Both Tyson and Jones have indicated that a rematch may be on the cards

KSI speaks out

KSI has taken little time in reacting to Jake Paul’s impressive win against Nate Robinson.

The Brit beat older brother Logan Paul last year on his boxing debut and was called out by Jake Paul straight after the bout.

But KSI was less than impressed, tweeting: “I saw nothing special from Jake lol. Soon come.”

Could we see it?

Unofficial scorecards

Christy Martin: 79-73 Tyson

Vinny Pazienza: 80-76 Jones

Chad Dawson: 76-76 draw

Fight stats

Tyson out-landed Jones, 67-37 in total connecting punches. 35-4 in body shots

Tyson out-landed Jones in 7 of the 8 rounds (one even)

Jones threw 43 more punches than Tyson

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr DRAW after Jake Paul knockout win

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr DRAW after Jake Paul knockout win (Image: GETTY)

How much are Tyson and Jones getting paid?

Iron Mike Tyson is set to receive a £7.5m ($10m) purse, with Roy Jones Jr earning in the region of £2.25m ($3m).

In the UK, it cost fans £19.95 to watch the pair, with a combined age of 105, go into battle.

The price was a lot higher in the United States though.

Eager fans had to shell out a whopping $49.99, around £38 for the chance to watch the two boxing legends in action.

Tyson isn’t done yet

Mike Tyson is adamant he will fight again after his exhibition match draw with Roy Jones Jr.

Speaking after the comeback clash, the 54-year-old said: “I’m just happy I got this under my belt.

“I’m continuing to go further and do more. Absolutely [I’ll do this again].”

Who could Tyson fight next I wonder?

Snoop Dogg trolls hard

Snoop Dogg trolled Mike Tyson’s comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr and said it was more “like two of my uncles fighting at the BBQ”.

The legendary pair boxed to a DRAW over eight rounds in what turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax.

There were concerns before the fight that Tyson and Jones Jr could do some damage to their long-term health.

The way events unfolded there was very little risk taken by either fighter though.

In case you missed it

Jake Paul absolutely destroyed Nate Robinson in the fight previous to Mike Tyson’s return to the ring.

After the bout, he had some strong words for who he wants as his next opponent including a claim that he would knock out UFC icon Conor McGregor.

Paul said: “Who do I want next? You know, Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis.

“I’m going to knock them both out.

“There’s my brother, there’s KSI… Austin McGroom, I want to be in this sport for a long time.”

Tyson still has the power

Roy Jones Jr was hurting after the clash with Mike Tyson and was adamant the legend still had the tools to do some damage in the ring.

Jones said: “When he hits you, to the head, punches to the body shots, everything hurts.

“I’m cool with a draw, just might have to do it again.

“Body shots definitely took a toll the body shots are what make you exhausted.”

Rematch anyone? 

Tyson and Jones Jr were both willing to commit to a rematch afterwards.

Tyson said: “We’ve got to do that again!” after Jones Jr floated the idea around.

Speaking after the score was announced, Tyson admitted he was happy with the result.

He said: “I’m good with that, I’m good with a draw. I’m used to doing it for three minutes, sometimes like two minutes or three minutes. 

“I hope to go further, absolutely, and he can be on the car as well. I was very happy to be here, despite what everyone says I was happy to go to eight rounds.   

“Nobody thought I could go eight rounds, but you’ve got to go the distance, that’s boxing.”

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr DRAW after Jake Paul knockout win

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr DRAW after Jake Paul knockout win (Image: BT SPORT)

MIKE TYSON AND ROY JONES JR DRAW

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr’s bout was deemed a draw by the judges.

In the place of official judges, the fight was scored by three former boxers outside of the arena. 

And they determined that the fight should be scored a draw. 

ROUND EIGHT 

Jones appeared slightly more active in the final round, as he swung a few hooks and uppercuts of his own when in close with Tyson.

The younger man nicely evaded a shot from Tyson by ducking under his arm and moving to the other side of the ring. 

The fight ends with both men in a clinch – having spent the majority of the bout being told to split apart.

ROUND SEVEN

In the penultimate round, Tyson came out quickly and again targeted the body of Jones Jr. 

But the former cruiserweight kept moving around the ring at speed and didn’t let Tyson get anywhere near him.

One round remains for either fighter to find the upper hand.

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson return after Jake Paul knockout win

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson return after Jake Paul knockout win (Image: BT SPORT)

ROUND SIX

Both men are coping well with the pace and the physical demands of the fight, but there’s no denying both men have slowed their work. 

Tyson again managing to catch Jones Jr when the fight goes close, with Jones Jr at times unable to get out of the way.

ROUND FIVE

It seems neither fighter can get into too much of a rhythm due to the shorter rounds.

By the time either starts to gain control of the round, the bell rings to bring a halt to proceedings.

Late in the round Tyson catches Jones with a flush left hook which hurts Jones Jr. 

ROUND FOUR

Tyson catches Jones Jr with two strong right hands, but Jones more than happy to punch and grab.

The pace continues to slow and both men are slightly weary when getting off the stool. 

ROUND THREE

Both men appear to be struggling with the pace, and are notably slower than in the opener. 

Not much to write home about in the third, Tyson again chasing Jones around the ring. 

ROUND TWO

Despite this being billed as an exhibition, Tyson seems to be going in for the kill whenever possible and isn’t pulling his punches at all.

He’s diving in and leading with the left hook to try and stun Jones on his way around the ring. 

Tyson is landing clean punches, but at 54 his punch power isn’t quite what it was 30 years ago. 

ROUND ONE 

Tyson comes out swinging from the opening bell, utilising his famous head speed.

Tyson targets the body early, with Jones Jr ready to move around the ring and stay on his toes. 

Jones Jr is forced to eat a left hook to the chin and snaps his head back, but seems fine. 

Both are breathing heavily already. 

Boxing

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson’s return with Jake Paul on undercard (Image: PA)

04:55am: Main event time! 

Both fighters are in the ring after a rather subdued entrance from ‘Iron Mike’.

The 54-year-old is draped in plain black shorts and plain black boots, in a throwback to the attire he wore during his prime.

Michael Buffer has delivered his famous “Let’s get ready to rumble” line, and both fighters are ready to go.

04:35am: Jake Paul wants Conor McGregor

Jake Paul has named UFC star Conor McGregor on the list of fighters he wants to face next.

Having beaten retired NBA star Nate Robinson, he wasted no time in calling out McGregor, MMA star Dillon Danis and other YouTube names.

He said: “Who do I want next? You know, Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis. I’m going to knock them both out.

“There’s my brother, there’s KSI… Austin McGroom, I want to be in this sport for a long time.”

04:30am: Snoop Dogg is performing

Due to the chief support ending quickly, we’ve got some time to kill before the main event. 

For that reason, Snoop Dogg is currently performing as the fighters prepare backstage. 

ROUND TWO – JAKE PAUL WINS VIA KO

Robinson seems eager to rush Paul whenever the YouTuber takes a backwards step. 

That tactic saw him eat the right hand which put him on the canvas in the first, and the same happens in the second as Robinson goes down.

The former New York Knicks star crashes to the canvas and barely recovers. 

Just seconds later, Paul again clips Robinson and knocks him out cold. 

ROUND ONE

Robinson comes out of the blocks quickly and tries to swarm Paul. 

Both show their vulnerability by keeping their hands low and leaving chins unguarded.

Robinson seems happy to let Paul come towards him before going for the clinch. 

Paul knocks Robinson down hard with a close right hand, the NBA star claims the punch hit the back of his head.

04:00am: Chief support is in the ring

Jake Paul and Nate Robinson are in the ring ahead of their grudge match. 

03:45am: Badou Jack wins on points

Badou Jack has defeated Blake McKernan in a one-sided beatdown, with judges scoring the bout 80-72.

The former two-weight world champion completely outclassed McKernan throughout and was never troubled in the slightest.

It seemed Jack was more than happy to get rounds under his belt rather than go in for the kill when it seemed he had McKernan hurt.

Next up, we’ve got YouTube’s Jake Paul vs former NBA star Nate Robinson.

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson return after Jake Paul knockout win

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson return after Jake Paul knockout win (Image: GETTY)

03:30am: Jack in control

Badou Jack is completely dominating Blake McKernan now. 

The former world champion is hammering away at McKernan’s body and has enjoyed significant sustained success. 

03:10am: Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan up now

Former two-weight world champion Badou Jack is in the ring for his eight round bout against Blake McKernan. 

Jack is heavily favoured to beat the American. 

02:55am: Segawa beats Ortiz

Sulaiman Segawa was forced to take a knee after a crippling body shot during the penultimate round of the fight. 

Jermaine Ortiz was ruthless with his assault on Segawa’s body throughout and got the stoppage with little time left in the seventh round. 

The left uppercut dropped Segawa to his knee, and from there the result was a mere formality.

After rising to his feet, Segawa was unable to cope with Ortiz’s brutal liver and kidney shots.  

02:30am: Nate Robinson and Jake Paul are here! 

Nate Robinson, famous for his playing career in the NBA, has arrived at the Staples Center ahead of his bout with Jake Paul. 

YouTube phenomenon Paul has fought once before as a professional – beating fellow YouTuber and professional debutant AnEson Gib in one round back in January.

The ‘Problem Child’ arrived shortly after Robinson. 

02:25am: Main card starts

We’ve entered the main fight card after Wiz Khalifa’s performance, and now have three fights to go until the big one.

First up, Jermaine Ortiz vs Sulaiman Segawa in the lightweight division.

02:05am: Edward Vazquez beats Irvin Gonzalez

Edward Gonzalez has beaten Irvin Gonzalez on points after a thrilling fight over eight rounds.

The two featherweights traded leather in the middle of the ring throughout, neither wanting to take a backwards step.

But in the end, Vazquez’s superior movement earned him the win. 

Tyson

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson’s return with Jake Paul on undercard (Image: GETTY)

02.00am: Is a Lennox Lewis comeback next? 

Lennox Lewis has seemingly confirmed he would be willing to return to boxing at the age of 55, if the offer is right.

Lewis hasn’t fought since 2003, but admitted he isn’t completely against the idea.

He said: “You know, if it’s right I may come back.

“There’s been talk that Riddick Bowe wants to fight me still, there’s some unfinished business there.”

Read more: Lennox Lewis confirms boxing comeback conditions and discusses Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr

01.15am: Lennox Lewis speaks out

Legendary heavyweight Lennox Lewis has delivered his verdict and explained how he first met Tyson.

When discussing the first time he heard about Tyson’s return, he said: “I thought what is Roy Jones doing in the heavyweights? He’s not a heavyweight!

“I thought it would be a good matchup because you’ve got two old pros who were great in their time and are great now.”

He went on to detail the first time he met Tyson, when both were amateurs.

Lewis added: “In the amateurs I went to the world championships in 1983 and the American team said I wasn’t the best, there’s a guy in America who doesn’t like taking planes – but he’s the best. 

“I elected to go and see him, and it was Mike Tyson! That was where we met for the first time.” 

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson's return with Jake Paul on undercard

Tyson vs Jones Jr LIVE: Updates from Mike Tyson’s return with Jake Paul on undercard (Image: GETTY)

What are the rules for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr?

Earlier this week there was confusion about what the rules would actually be for the exhibition fight.

There can be a knockout and a winner will be confirmed, insist Triller, the US broadcaster for the bout.

The claims were previously denied by the California commission and the WBC insist there will be no official scoring for the contest.

It should be an exciting match whatever happens in the end.

When are we expecting Mike Tyson in the ring?

The event officially starts at 1am UK time but if you want to see the return of the legendary boxer there is a long wait ahead.

Get your caffeine fix whatever it may be as Tyson vs Jones Jr isn’t expected until around 4am but it could be even later.

Before we get to the main event there is a packed night of undercard action to enjoy including YouTube star Jake Paul taking to the ring once again.

Mike Tyson is set to return to the ring in Los Angeles

Mike Tyson is set to return to the ring in Los Angeles (Image: EXPRESS)

Welcome

Welcome to our coverage of what is set to be an incredible evening of boxing as none other than ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson makes his return to the ring.

The legend is set to clash with rival Roy Jones Jr in a highly-anticipated exhibition match.

The bout takes place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and we will have all the action covered for you here on Express Sport.



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