Nostalgic boxing fans will have the opportunity to see two of the best ever on Thanksgiving weekend when Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson enter the ring. Jones (66-9 with 47 KOs) is one of the best pound for pound boxers of all-time. He won titles in four different weight classes over the course of his long, prestigious career. As for Tyson (50-6-2 with 44 KOs), he is the most intimidating fighter of his generation and one of the greatest heavyweights ever.
When: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Why: Former champions legends fight
Roy Jones Jr. vs Mike Tyson Betting Odds
Tyson is a moderate favorite in this bout due to his bigger profile and size advantage. For those unfamiliar with betting on boxing, you would have to bet $214 to win $100 with Tyson at this price. A $100 wager on Jones would return a $177 profit.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
Roy Jones Jr. vs Mike Tyson Preview
Both of these fighters are in their 50s, so neither Tyson nor Jones are in championship shape. However, Jones is three years younger than Tyson, and he has more recent experience in the ring. His last bout was in February 2018, and he defeated Scott Sigmon in ten rounds to win the WBU cruiserweight title.
It’s been more than 15 years since Tyson last entered the ring. Shortly after his loss to Lennox Lewis in 2002, Tyson lost back-to-back fights to journeymen Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. Tyson decided to call it a career at that point, but he has maintained a presence in the public eye from his role in The Hangover franchise to his numerous reality television shows.
Tyson’s physique is still there after all these years. In promoting this fight, he has repeatedly showed off the muscles that made him one of the most fearsome fighters of all time. However, there are valid concerns about his conditioning. The former unified heavyweight champion didn’t have the stamina to last at the end of his career, and none of his fast 11 fights lasted longer than the eighth round.
Jones is much more of a known commodity entering this bout. He hasn’t been fighting for major titles in a little over a decade, but he has been in the ring 23 times since Tyson’s last fight. All of his recent fights have been at cruiserweight, so he will almost certainly be at a noticeable weight disadvantage here.
This is more of a spectacle than a fight, but Jones is a nice pick at these odds. There aren’t the same stamina issues surrounding Jones like there are with Tyson, and there’s a good chance that the latter tires out quickly after the first round. Jones was always one of the smartest fighters around, so he should be in good shape to pick up a win if he avoids Tyson formidable power for a round or two.
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