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WBC Prez Blown Away By Level of Interest in Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaimán admits that he's blown away by the level of interest in the recently announced exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.

Last week, the fight was announced for September 12 in California. The pay-per-view clash will be fought over a period of eight rounds.

Tyson, 54-years-old and a former undisputed heavyweight champion, has been away from the ring since 2005 - when he was stopped by journeyman Kevin McBride.

And Jones, 51-years-old and a former four division world champion, last fought in early 2018.


Both boxers will compete without headgear, but they will wear 12-ounce gloves instead of 10-ounce.

News of Tyson vs. Jones has circulated all over the world with headlines being generated as if a major contest was scheduled.

"Mike Tyson is a legendary boxer and this news has caused great interest worldwide. Roy Jones is also a boxer of great qualities; In his career he was champion in four different divisions and I am very pleased to see such a level of tremendous interest with the general public, with the understanding that it is an exhibition that does not count on a fighter's record... that this is not a boxing match and simply an exhibition for beneficial purposes," Sulaiman said to Jose Luis Camarillo.

Sulaiman has faith that the California State Athletic Commission will ensure that everyone is properly looked after. The head of the CSAC, Andy Foster, has made it clear that he won't allow the two boxers to hurt each other and says that they shouldn't try to knock each other out.

"I am sure that the [California] Boxing Commission, like Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, will take all of the necessary precautions to make the show optimal, but that protecting their health is the priority," Sulaiman said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by LoadedWraps on 07-28-2020

[QUOTE=LITTLE JOE;20678359]Why is this a surprise ? Boxing had a big casual fan base when Tyson was around.That's been gone for about 20 years now. He is the ticket seller in this exhibition.Most people remember him. How many boxers today…

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 07-28-2020

Mauricio is planning to be part of this exhibition to get some of this money of this event of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. :boxing:

Comment by LITTLE JOE on 07-28-2020

Why is this a surprise ? Boxing had a big casual fan base when Tyson was around.That's been gone for about 20 years now. He is the ticket seller in this exhibition.Most people remember him. How many boxers today will…

Comment by Monzon99 on 07-28-2020

The only hwt money makers right now are Joshua, Klitschko. Fury didn't generate big money on his own or vs wilder. Tyson vs Fury and Joshua is the secret plan.

Comment by Monzon99 on 07-28-2020

They are going to rig Tyson all the way to a wbc title shot. Book it. Follow the $$$$$$$.

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