Tyson, Jones Jr. exhibition fight ends in draw

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Tyson, Jones Jr. exhibition fight ends in draw
Despite being the better fight on the night, Mike Tyson (left) accepted the result

(THE INDEPENDENT  UK) — Mike Tyson rolled back the years against Roy Jones Jr. as the two boxing legends drew their special one-off exhibition fight in Los Angeles.

The two former world heavyweight champions and Hall of Fame fighters met at the Staples Center on Saturday night.

‘Iron Mike’ called time on his glittering professional career back in 2005 with Jones, now 51, still remaining active in recent years.

But 15 years on from hanging up his gloves, the 54-year-old Tyson showed some fleeting glimpses of the trademark speed that at his peak made him one of the most feared fighters in history.

Tyson started the fight the stronger dominating proceedings from the middle of the ring and putting together some neat combinations albeit landing without the signature power of old.

Jones struggled to match Tyson’s superior movement and visibly looked the wearier as the fight went the distance.

With revised rules in play a stoppage was always unlikely to be on the cards with the two embracing at the end of the eighth and final round before the judges’ decision of a draw was confirmed.

Earlier in the night, Jake Paul knocked out Nate Robinson, while Badou Jack won an unanimous decision against Blake McKernan.

 

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