Boxing is known as the sweet science. However, fighters don’t always engage in bouts that are remembered with the same kindness. There have been numerous instances where boxers have stepped into the ring with opponents that were either overmatched or boasting other skillsets. With Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson on tap Nov. 28 in Las Vegas, a nod toward when boxers found strange foes.
You can bet on the Jones-Tyson exhibition bout at the BetUS online sportsbook. There are plenty of ways to enjoy and engage in this battle of the legends, including props you can bet on.
The order is random, as are some of the fighters’ foes.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor
Undefeated, 11-time five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two-division mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion and, at the time, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor met at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, on Aug. 26, 2017, at the light middleweight limit (154 lbs). It was scheduled for 12 rounds and recorded the second-highest pay-per-view buy rate in history. Mayweather extended his professional boxing undefeated streak to 50–0 after defeating McGregor by technical knockout (TKO) in the 10th round. Mayweather’s guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $100 million and McGregor’s guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $30 million. However, the purse for the two fighters was expected to be substantially higher for each, with Mayweather reportedly earning $280 million from the fight and McGregor earning $130 million.
Muhammad Ali vs Antonio Inoki
“The Greatest” met one of the greatest professional wrestlers of any generation in the Japanese legend. Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki clashed in what became a clumsy exhibition. The fight was billed as “War of the Worlds” and was held at Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo on June 26, 1976. The majority of the fight saw Inoki on his back kicking Ali’s legs 107 times uninhibited by the referee (due to a particular rule negotiated shortly before the fight, which allowed him to do so without being disqualified.) The result of the fight, a draw, has long been debated by the press and fans. The fight was refereed by Gene LeBell.
Chuck Wepner (1) vs Andre the Giant
Chuck Wepner (2) vs Victor the Wrestling Bear
The “match” took place in 1976 in Asbury Park, NJ. Wepner, the man who knocked Ali down in a 1975 fight, engaged in battle with Victor the Wrestling Bear.
Per Fandom.com: The plan was for Chuck to signal the bear’s trainer Tuffy Truesdell when he’d had enough. At which point Truesdall would blow a whistle, and Victor would back off. Trouble is, Wepner boxed Victor hard, resulting in the bear throwing Chuck across the ring, and pinning him down so he couldn’t signal to Tuffy.
Wepner ultimately survived the match. But only just. Which makes it all the more insane that he got back in a ring with that very same bear, at a Country Club charity event no less. Speaking to Everlast, Wepner describes the match as follows…
“I’m sitting in the corner. And I’m looking over at this bear sitting there with its beady little eyes. And I said to [trainer] Al: ‘This bear remembers that I hit him a few times. I’m telling you, this bear’s pissed off at me.’ The bell rang. This bear stood up on its hind legs, and I spun around, tried to jump out between the ropes, and the bear took one leap, grabbed my leg, and when he pulled me I got caught in the ropes, and he slung me out about 10 or 12 feet out onto the dinner tables, and everything went splat.
“Two of my buddies picked me up and said, ‘Come on Chuck, get ’em.’ I looked up at the ring, the referee was counting, the bear was standing there. He was up to four, and I said ‘Five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten — that’s it, you win Victor!’ And that was it. I didn’t even get back in the ring. The fight lasted less than a minute.”
Mike Tyson KOs Shawn Michaels
Tyson was in financial distress — okay, nearing bankruptcy — when Vince McMahon got the idea to bring the boxer into his sports-entertainment juggernaut. It worked splendidly as Tyson got into it with Stone Cold Steve Austin on a Monday Night Raw before eventually being named guest referee for a match with the wrestling star and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV. After Tyson delivered the three-count to give Austin the victory, he got into it with “The Heartbreak Kid” and eventually dropped him.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs The Big Show
Another wrestler vs star boxer event saw Mayweather take on The Big Show at WrestleMania 24 in a No Disqualification Match, with Mayweather accepting Big Show’s challenge to face him at the Citrus Bowl after the pair collided at No Way Out. The boxer gained the victory after landing multiple chair shots, finishing off the wrestler with brass knuckles. Commentator Jim Ross famously said: “Mayweather has taken it to the street!” The event had been set up at an earlier event when Mayweather broke The Big Show’s nose, per the wrestler’s request.
Butterbean and “Brawl for All”
Boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch got into the wrestling ring in an event billed as “Brawl for All.” It was a low point in sports entertainment as the boxer devastated Bart Gunn.
George Foreman Fights Five Foes
Foreman had been knocked out by Muhammad Ali, who was ringside and taunting the former heavyweight champ, six months after the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Howard Cosell was on the call as Foreman fought five overmatched foes in what can only be described as a chaotic event. Foreman had gone from American hero to troubled 25-year-old after losing to Ali and it was never more apparent than at this event in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Tenshin Nasukawa
Mayweather’s exhibition with the much smaller Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa, took place in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve 2018 and was a one-round wipeout. Tenshin was not allowed to throw kicks in the scheduled three-round exhibition. Mayweather knocked Tenshin down three times. The last knockdown came with the opening round almost over. The bell sounded. Referee Kenny Bayless counted to five and then waved the finish
Mark Gastineau vs Derrick Dukes
Former New York Jets defensive lineman made an attempt to make it as a heavyweight boxer. In one “bout,” he faced Derrick Dukes from the AWA. The 1991 boxing match turned out to be just as scripted as any wrestling match. Former AWA star Derrick Dukes threw the match. Gastineau won by knockout in the first round but it was later revealed that this and several other of his fights were fixed.
Evander Holyfield vs Matt Hardy
Evander Holyfield took on Matt Hardy in a boxing match during a 2007 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event. Evander’s cornerman was Montel Vontavious Porter, a wrestler that was feuding with Matt at the time. When Evander didn’t finish off Matt as quickly as MVP wanted, MVP started to talk trash to Evander. Evander then knocked out MVP with one blow and celebrated with Matt. The match was declared a no-contest.
Mike Tyson vs Chris Jericho, I
Mike Tyson was the celebrity guest host for RAW on Jan. 11 2010. Tyson teamed with Chris Jericho against Shawn Michaels and Triple H, the two men that he betrayed at WrestleMania XIV. At that show, he was the special enforcer referee for Shawn’s WWE Championship defense against Steve Austin. Prior to the match, it appeared he was a member of D-X but he wound up knocking Shawn out. During this episode of RAW, he made things right with D-X when he knocked out his tag team partner which allowed D-X to win the match. Tyson then celebrated with his old friends, D-Generation X.
Tyson vs Jericho, II
Jericho and Tyson went toe-to-toe in the AEW ring, at which point Tyson tried to tear his shirt in a menacing manner, only to fail miserably. The two starting shoving and eventually the scene devolved into a massive brawl that absolutely did not abide by social distancing guidelines.