Roy Jones Jr expects a vintage Mike Tyson when they get inside the ring this month in their eight-round exhibition match on pay-per-view on November 28th. Tyson says he’s going to be looking to “disable” Roy Jones, and he sees this as a real fight, not an exhibition. That’s bad news potentially for Jones, who has been knocked out five times since 2004. These far lesser punchers than Tyson, but they had enough power to knock Jones out.
Despite what California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster says about the Tyson-Jones Jr fight being just an exhibition, Roy believes that Mike, 54, is going to be trying to knock him out. In other words, Jones, 51, isn’t going to go out there and spar with former IBF/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson because he knows his chances of staying in there with him won’t be good.
Jones is displeased with the recent changes made in the time of each round, which was originally was three minutes. Now they’re eight two-minute rounds, and Roy believes that’s going to help Tyson out because he showed stamina problems in the past. In Tyson’s last two fights of his career in 2004 and 2005 against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride, he was spent by the fourth round. That was when Tyson a lot younger than he is now.
During their recent news conference, Mike Tyson sounded like he’s not going to be playing around when he gets in the ring with Jones at the end of November. You can’t blame Tyson though, as that’s the way he’s always fought. For Tyson to try and change his fighting style at his age, it could end badly for him. If ‘Iron’ Mike stays in first great trying not to hurt Jones, he’s going to get out-boxed and made to look silly by the former four-division world champion.