UNITED STATES. Los Angeles: Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, popularly known as ‘Iron Mike’ will be back in the ring after 15 years on 28 November. He is all set to lock horns with the former four-division world champion, Roy Jones Jr. The boxing match is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Tyson and Jones had to undergo complete medical testing to be cleared for the bout. Both athletes entered the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) testing before the contest.
The youngest world heavyweight champion
Since Muhammad Ali, no heavyweight boxer has captivated the world like Tyson. Not only did Tyson win many boxing titles, but he knocked out the majority of his opponents. His sheer power and skills made him one of boxing’s biggest stars.
From 1987 to 1990, Tyson reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion. He was famous for his power and surreal speed. Tyson was just a 20-year-old young adult when he won his first heavyweight title. He has won 50 of his 58 bouts out of which 44 of them were knockouts. Till now, he holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title. Tyson’s last professional fight saw him suffering defeat to Kevin McBride by Technical Knockout (TKO).
On the other hand, Jones is widely regarded as the best all-rounder boxer of his generation. He is also the second-ever light heavyweight champion to win a heavyweight title as well. Jones has won 66 of his 75 bouts.
The exhibition match
The exhibition bout will have eight rounds with a time of two-minute in each round. The match is going to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Staples Center is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles which is famous for high-profile matches.
Meanwhile, there has been some confusion among the people about the rules and regulations approved by the California State Athletic Commission. However, now the rules have been finalized by the CSAC. Following are the rules and regulations approved by CSAC:
- None of the boxers will be allowed to knock out the opponent.
- The boxers will not be required to wear headgear.
- Tyson and Jones will have to wear 12-ounce gloves.
- If either boxer suffers a bad cut, the exhibition is over.
- There will be no winner of the match, Tyson and Jones both will receive a belt at the end of the match.