Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: UK start time TONIGHT, live stream, TV channel, undercard and rules as boxing titans brawl – The Sun

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: UK start time TONIGHT, live stream, TV channel, undercard and rules as boxing titans brawl – The Sun

November 29, 2020

MIKE TYSON and Roy Jones Jr are going toe-to-toe TONIGHT in an incredible throwback fight in Los Angeles.

54-year-old Tyson will do battle with Jones, 51, in a long-awaited bout, with the Baddest Man on the Planet dropping an incredible SIX stone to get in shape for the clash.

Listen to Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr live on talkSPORT

The California State Commission say the exhibition will be fought under the rules that both men will not look for the knock-out and will instead "exhibit" their skills, but both fighters have come out and said the contrary.

When is Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr?

  • The big fight is set for TONIGHT – Saturday, November 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • It was originally set to take place on September 12 but the event has been postponed until later in the year.
  • The undercard is expected to start at 9pm ET – 1am GMT – and the main event will follow between 4am and 5am GMT.
  • The legends are set to go eight rounds in the ring, with Youtube star Jake Paul and NBA star Nate Robinson confirmed for the undercard.

What TV channel is Tyson vs Jones Jr on and can I live stream it? 

  • BT Sport Box Office will be broadcasting the fight in the UK.
  • The event will cost £19.95 to watch.
  • Coverage begins at 8pm ET, which is midnight in UK. The undercard is set to start from 1am GMT.
  • The social media site Triller will also be airing the PPV fight.
  • Emmy-winner Mario Lopez hosts the show, and musical acts will be announced for performances too.
  • You can also listen to all the action live on talkSPORT.

Who is on the Tyson vs Jones Jr undercard?

YouTuber Jake Paul leads the way on the four-fight card when he takes on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson.

Viddal Riley, who trained KSI for his fights with Logan Paul, has pulled out injured and has been replaced by Hasim Rahman Jr.

And in a new unfortunate twist, Riley's replacement Hasim Rahman Jr, tested positive for Covid so the fight is off.

Main card

  • Tyson vs Jones Jr (8 x 2min rounds, heavyweight)
  • Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson (6 x 3min, cruiserweight)
  • Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan (8 x 3min, light-heavy)
  • Hasim Rahman Jr vs Rashad Coulter (8 x 3min, cruiserweight) FIGHT OFF
  • Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright, (8 x 3min, lightweight)

Prelims

  • Irvin Gonzalez vs. Edward Vasquez (8 x 3min, featherweight)
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones (8 x 3min, heavyweight)

What are the rules of the fight?

  • The fight will be contested over eight, two-minute rounds.
  • No headguards will be worn but the fighters will be wearing larger 12-ounce gloves.
  • Technically the fight can only be stopped if there is a knock-out, but California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Forster said he will stop it if a cut appears.
  • Referee Ray Corona will be able to halt it if he chooses to.
  • The WBC will be remotely scoring the fight with the winner crowned WBC Frontline champion.

Forster said: "Tyson and Jones Jr. won’t be wearing headgear for the fight.

"They’ll be lacing up 12-ounce gloves and there won’t be any judges present at the fight to score the action. So, technically, there won’t be a winner unless a knockout somehow occurs, or either fighter is deemed unfit to continue.

"They can move around and make some money, but I told them if you get cut, it’s over."

What have they said?

Mike Tyson: "We're throwing punches at each other. This is going to be my definition of fun … broken eye sockets, broken jaw, broken rib. That's fun to me."

Roy Jones Jr: "He's still Mike Tyson, he's still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. If anything, I made a mistake going in with him.

"He's the bigger guy, he's the explosive guy. He's going to have all the first-round fireworks, not me.

"I do have first-round fireworks, but he's known for more first-round fireworks than anybody to ever touch boxing, other than maybe George Foreman."

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    FIGHT NIGHT IS HERE

    Mike Tyson has been sharing this promotion poster on Instagram.

    If that gaze doesn't send shivers down your spine then you must not feel fear.

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    STONER TO PUNCHER

    Tyson, who seemed a content, chubby stoner before lacing the gloves back up, is being asked about facing modern-day stars like AJ and Tyson Fury has done nothing to help the bout, REPORTS WALLY DOWNES JR.

    Fury's respected former trainer, Ben Davison, idolised both men growing up but knows the damage that can be done inside the ropes.

    He told SunSport: “It's an old cliche but you do not play boxing.

    “Each time you fight, win, lose or draw, you leave a little bit of yourself in that ring.

    “Boxers sacrifice everything, their health and their lives, their bodies, usually to make a better life for their families.

    “There is only so much life and soul you have to give before there is nothing left.

    “These two have the ultimate fighting spirit and that never leaves you, that is in their DNA.”

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    LEGENDS RETURN

    Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr FINALLY step back into the ring tonight.

    Tyson stepped onto a spotlighted stage Friday and weighed in at 220 pounds, ripping off his shirt to reveal a muscled torso that could belong to an athlete of half his 54 years.

    The former heavyweight champion moved into a COVID-protective glass box and went nose-to-nose with Roy Jones Jr, once the most talented fighter in the world.

    Jones' 210-pound frame was slightly less toned, but still clearly in better condition than most of his fellow 51-year-olds.

    These two boxing greats are older, calmer men now, but they're returning to the ring Saturday night intending to recapture a moment of their brilliant past and they've both worked very hard to make sure they won't be embarrassed in this extraordinary boxing exhibition.

    This is the fun part, said Tyson, who will fight for the first time in 15 years.

    Everything else to get here was hell.

    Their fight at Staples Center is an eight-round sparring session of sorts. It will have two-minute rounds, no official judging and limited violence, although the limit depends on whether you're asking the California State Athletic Commission or the fighters, who both intend to let their hands go.

    Maybe I don’t know how to go easy, Tyson said. I don’t know. I don’t want to say the wrong thing. I don’t want the commission mad at me.”

    But for Tyson and Jones, this unique pay-per-view show is less of a sporting event and more of a chance for two transcendent athletes to prove age is a number and ageing is a choice.

    I don’t look at life as age, Tyson said. I look at life as energy. You don’t bring your age to the table. You bring your energy to the table. You don’t go meet people: Hey, Im Bob. Im 59. You don’t do that.”

    Tyson still seems surprised by the wave of events that carried him back to the ring. He admits the younger Tyson never would have believed he would be a middle-aged husband and father who needed to lose 100 pounds two years ago, because that headstrong kid from Brooklyn had never thought that far ahead.

    I didn’t even think I would live this long, he said. “I was just so intense, and just took myself so serious.

    Tyson got back into shape at the urging of his wife, who got him to start doing 15 minutes a day on the treadmill.

    The 15 minutes turned into two hours, and then expanded to biking, running and eventually punching, along with the adoption of a vegan diet.

    “Never eat anything,” he said with a laugh. “Just starve and exercise.”

    The momentum started when he posted video of a training session on social media early in the coronavirus pandemic, and his crisp, powerful punches led to millions of impressions and a subsequent stream of increasingly lucrative comeback offers, along with the chance to raise money for charities.

    This is a part of my life that I had pretty much thrown away, Tyson said. My last fight, I didn’t have any interest in doing it. Im interested in doing it now.

    Tyson is referring to his loss to journeyman Kevin McBride in 2005, when he finally wrapped up his singular career in ugly fashion. He became the heavyweight champion at 20 and reigned over the division for five years, but his epic downfall soured him on the sport.

    “I want to do it now,” Tyson said.

    “Most of the time I was obligated to do it from a contract perspective: If you don’t do this, we’ll take everything you have, and you’ll be back in Brownsville. They were blackmailing me. It's a different perspective now.”

    While Tyson became an international icon for his brutish, dangerous image and numerous mis-behaviours, Jones was widely revered as perhaps the most skilled boxer of his generation. Jones was a preternaturally gifted athlete who dominated his weight classes while still pursuing his passion for basketball.

    Nate Robinson was a rookie guard for the Knicks in 2005 when Jones participated in a full practice with the team.

    I was freaking out, said the 36-year-old Robinson, no stranger to freakish athletic feats as a three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk contest at 5-foot-9. That was one of the highlights of my life, to be able to rub shoulders and hoop with one of your favourite boxers.

    Jones fought regularly throughout the 2010s, but thought he was finally retired two years ago. When he got an offer to be the opponent in Tyson's comeback, Jones couldn't resist the chance to fight a legend he never got to meet during a career spent mostly at light heavyweight.

    So Jones embarked on his own comeback training regimen.

    “It’s been the craziest thing you ever could have imagined,” Jones said.

    “I can’t believe I’m able to maintain my speed at 51 years old.

    “I’m still faster than 95 per cent of the boxing world, and it shocks me.

    “The aches and pains are there because you’re 50, and they’re going to be there no matter what you do. You just have to have a mental strength to overcome an adversity.”

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