Mike Tyson faces off with Roy Jones, Jr

Mike Tyson faces off with Roy Jones, Jr.

It’s been more than a decade since Mike Tyson last set foot inside a ring. At 54 years old, Tyson comes out of retirement to fight Roy Jones, Jr. in an 8-round event this evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tyson was one of the most feared heavyweights of the 80’s with a 37-0 record up until he was knocked out by James “Buster” Douglas at a Tokyo fight in 1990. Tyson managed to remain a star despite serving time in prison for a rape conviction, biting Evander Holyfield twice in their 1997 rematch, and quitting against Kevin McBride after what looked like an attempt to break his arm in the ring.

At 51 years old, Roy Jones, Jr. is expected to pocket between $1 and $3 million dollars for tonight’s fight while Tyson claims every penny of his supposed $10 million earnings will go to a charity of his choice. Roy Jones, Jr. is famous for his “speed, power, and athleticism” that led him to capture world titles in 4 different weight classes, from middleweight to heavyweight.

The show begins around 9pm ET with the main event around 11pm. The ahow can be purchased on pay per view for $49.99. However, there are some unusual rules to the match:

  • 8 rounds total
  • 2-minute rounds instead of 3
  • Headgear will not be worn
  • Knockouts are not allowed
  • No judges ringside
  • Panel of former fighters to decide unofficial winner

Written by: Kelly Stewart