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Roy Jones: As Strong as He Was For Eight, Mike Tyson Can Fight Anybody!

Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. was very impressed with the in-ring performance of Mike Tyson. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

Tyson, 54-years-old and retired from the sport since 2005, returned to the ring on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion fought Jones to a split draw in their eight round exhibition bout.

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While Jones, 51-years-old, was the younger man and continued to fight for 13 years beyond Tyson's retirement, he was outworked and appeared exhausted by the mid-way point of the fight.

Jones believes that he did enough to win - despite the majority of the public scoring it wide for Tyson.

“Of course, everybody’s always gonna feel like they won the fight,” Jones said. “I thought I won the fight, I thought I jabbed, moved around, and kind of controlled the pace better. But I took a draw with Mike Tyson, how could you get mad about that?," Jones said.

"He’s throwing more power punches anyway, I’m throwing more jabs and other punches, he landed more power punches, so it could go either way. I’m cool with the draw. I hear him talking about how he want to do it again, but he’s a big ol’ dude. He weighed 220, but he’s more massive than 220, trust me."

Tyson is planning to continue forward with more exhibition fights.

According to Jones, Tyson is physically capable of fighting anyone - even with a much younger opponent in a fully sanctioned contest. 

“Mike can fight anybody if he just keeps going and stays in shape like he’s doing now. Because it surprised me that he was able to go them eight rounds like that, so with him going eight rounds as strong as he was, he’s capable of fighting anybody. Truthfully, people are going to have problems getting out of the first couple of rounds with him. That was the hardest part is getting past them first two or three rounds," Jones said.

"If he catch you, you’re gonna have problems. Like I said, I was feeling everything, so I now that he’s a really exceptional puncher still and he can do anything he wants to do. For him, it makes sense to do it a smart way, but he can do anything he want to do.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BodyBagz on 12-03-2020

[QUOTE=techliam;20918963]Yeah, as a sports purist definitely. But boxing is also entertainment Garcia/Spence isn’t some grade A stellar match up, it’s just a decent fight. Spence is coming off a lucky split decision from Porter, and an accident we don’t know…

Comment by mjh1969 on 11-30-2020

I have often said that Tyson was always able to go to 12 round fights because early in his career he had gone 12 round with Tony Tucker, Razor Ruddock and James "bonecrusher" Smith. He also had a few 8…

Comment by Rick Taylor on 11-30-2020

[QUOTE=Ry92;20918398]Anybody old shot or not good yeah. Anyone young talented good nah. Tyson wants to do more n looked good enough ti make it look entertaining . so bring on tyson vs holyfield 3 or tyson vs david haye. Maybe…

Comment by Lefty0616 on 11-30-2020

Let's not get ahead of ourselves Jones. Mike looked good for his age....and for a former heavyweight champion that lost 100 pounds and got in shape. But let's keep it real, Tyson can not beat any of the lions that…

Comment by Mindgames on 11-30-2020

Mike's stamina was good for a man hes age ,but it was an exhibition and Roy wasnt hitting him back.Anyone with half a brain could see Roy was putting nothing on hes shots and Mike wasnt throwing anything at Roy's…

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