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If this happened another year, the heavyweight exhibition game on Saturday would be between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr would feel as normal as a zombie apocalypse.But for better or worse, it’s kind of normal in 2020

The legendary boxing champions will lace their gloves one more time at an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles for an eight-hour pay-per-view showdown that offers a lot of nostalgia but little guarantees that the entertainment value is worth the price of admission

The central cause of this uncertainty is the careful handling of the California State Athletic Commission in the conduct of the event

Given the combined age of 105 for both fighters and the fact that 54-year-old Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) has not fought professionally in 15 years, the precautionary stance of the CSAC makes sense, but it did also created some confusion for both the fighters and potential willing customers

Andy Foster, Executive Director of CSAC, has been steadfast on a number of non-negotiable provisions, including larger gloves (12 ounces) and two-minute rounds, although the competition will be without a headgear, however, it is Foster’s insistence that there is no winner and that not every fighter may strive for a knockout that contradicts the standard intent of every competitor

“Who goes in the ring with the great, legendary Mike Tyson and thinks this is an exhibition?” Jones said during the October conference call to promote the fight, “Twelve-ounce gloves and no headgear and this is just an exhibit? Come on, be real whos preparing for one of the most dangerous knockout puncher in boxing history and not preparing for a real fight? “

Jones (66-9, 47 KOs), who only turned pro in 2018, has repeatedly said in interviews that he is not only aiming for a knockout, but is ready to fight for his life in the ring against the, of course, bigger ones Tyson should call the fight after that

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Foster has publicly countered such allegations by saying the fight is for entertainment purposes only and will stop at the first sign of blood. He also reiterated his previous stance by insisting that the event couldn’t look more intense than “tough.” Sparring “”

“Look, I don’t know what a real fight is” Tyson said “You have Mike Tyson and Roy Jones I come to fight and I hope he comes to fight thats all you need to know”

The fact that both attendees so willingly defied the event’s restrictions could help intrigue the already horrific promotion, but the Commission’s tough stance could also potentially cripple any hope of reckless excitement and a lot of pressure on the Exercise Shoulders of Appointed Referee Ray Corona

Either way, the WBC certainly hasn’t missed a shot to tie their brand to the fight by announcing that both fighters will take home a ceremonial “Front Line” title that starts with “Black Lives.” Matter “is decorated on the front of the belt. WBC chairman Mauricio Sulaiman has also appointed veteran boxers Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson as judges, each choosing a winner, although Foster later claimed that all three only did so in will do a ceremonial role in which they will not be scoring round after round

Then the question arises, why are we doing this To Tyson for reasons well beyond money, especially given the fact that he’s vowed to donate his wallet to charity

Tyson claimed he had gotten overweight and was told by his wife to start running again. The sudden turn to fitness sparked Tyson’s competitive and addicting side. Suddenly, the fighting spirit and love of the sport returned, which in the second half of Tyson’s career was noticeably missing

“[2005] I was happy to leave the ring. I was scared to be in the ring at all. I was on drugs then and was a completely different person,” said Tyson. “But I have a desire to do that now I just feel great. I was exercising and a lightbulb went off in my head “

First up, Tyson said he was offered the opportunity to box former pro wrestling and MMA star Bob Sapp that conversation turned into an offer to face former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs instead than the idea that Tyson, continued to grow (and eventually expanded into a series of all sport PPVs called “Legends Only League”), the name Jones eventually emerged

Although 51-year-old Jones is naturally shorter than Tyson and won world titles between 160 and 175 pounds during his heyday, he shocked the world in 2003 by making a one-time heavyweight promotion to beat John Ruiz and claim the WBA Title The aftermath led to brief conversations about the possibility of Jones facing a then-faded Tyson for a lot of money, but the fight never came together

“If you get a call saying Mike Tyson wants to fight you, that is the material for the bucket list,” Jones said. “Anywhere in life a little kid would ask me the first thing, ‘Hey, did you ever fought Mike Tyson? ‘ Now I don’t have to say no “

While the opportunity to be Tyson’s dance partner seemed too good for Jones to miss, it is clear that the chance to potentially end his career on his own terms was a huge win for Tyson, too, Though Tyson Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011, and having the historic footnote of the youngest heavyweight champion in history, he has been a self-destructive attraction for more years than a viable elite
For years after his retirement, Tyson has been very open about how ashamed he was of his days of struggle and behavior during those years, although he eventually recovered from years of drug and alcohol abuse to become a commercial actor and star of his own -Man show, he only found true healing when he experimented with psychedelics and faced his struggles Persona

“The last time I was 215 pounds I was 18 or 17 years old,” Tyson said, “I’m very pleased with everything I’ve done and it’s just total confidence and admiration I’m just so happy and ready to do this stuff

“My mindset is totally happy. I’ve been doing this all my life since I was 13 years old. I’m more developed now than ever before. My goal is to go there with the best intentions of my life and disable my opponent That’s exactly what it is “

For Jones, who has found a successful second life in boxing as a trainer and accomplished broadcaster, he took his role seriously, qualifying once again to distract his fans during such a difficult time

“At a time we are going through COVID and we are all facing adversity, how can you say why don’t you want to be someone who gives people something to look forward to?” Said Jones, “So if you have the greatest difficulty ever knocking on your front door and calling your phone, how can you say no?”

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