Tyson v Jones
The highly anticipated heavyweight pay-per-view between “Iron” Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KO’s) and Roy Jones Jr (66-9, 47 KO’s) ended in a draw. Many felt that if the two men earnestly let their hands go, the fight will end in a stoppage for Tyson. This evidently was not the case.
As a result of this bout happening with the competitors in their 50’s, both men were a shadow of their former selves. However, their still very-prevalent fame made the event a must-view for hardcore and casual fans everywhere.
To open the bout, as most expected, Mike Tyson came out fast and furious trying to take the bout straight to Jones. While he fought with much vigor, Iron Mike was not able to land many effective punches. Regrettably for the boxing public, after the first round, the action began to drop off dramatically. Sure, they were both throwing blows, but the punches were padded with a great deal of hold and clinching. The two-minute rounds certainly did not help anything!
As the fight progressed, it became quite apparent that Jones was committed to tying Tyson up. Whenever Iron Mike threw a volley of punches, it was clear that Jones wanted to tie him up to halt the action. As a result, there were no real extended exchanges of punches throughout long stretches of the match.
After eight rounds of so-called boxing, it was the clinches that ultimately defined the overall match. This also served as a supreme testimonial as to why 50-year-olds should not be headlining pay-per-views! In the end, the best part of the bout was the post-fight interview when both men were extremely funny. Ideally, this will be the end of long-retired fighters staging comebacks to relive their glory days gone past.
Although, if the event does good numbers, we are unfortunately going to see a similar match-up in the future.
By: Bakari Simpson