Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) and Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs) have come out of retirement to square off. The legendary boxers have agreed to an “exhibition fight” on Nov. 28 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. This high-profile event epitomizes sports betting main-line adrenaline at its finest. Even the fighters have been directed to play nice. Tyson and Jones Jr. are expected to display their boxing skills, without attempting to hurt or knock out their opponent. Keep reading for our Tyson vs Jones Jr betting predictions.
Fighters Instructed to ‘Spar Hard’
Can you imagine Iron Mike Tyson using kid gloves in the ring against anyone? Me neither. The California State Athletic Commission is smoking some of that sticky icky, if they think Tyson plans to hold back. There will be judges, a special belt awarded to the winner, and millions of Covid-crazed fight fans watching this spectacle. It’s on.
Tyson will knock Jones Jr.’s head clean off of his neck, if the opportunity presents itself. The most recent Tyson vs Jones Jr odds on our sportsbook show Tyson as the favorite, with a -170 moneyline. The last time Iron Mike had short odds like this, he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their 1997 rematch bout. Tyson (+175) was the underdog vs Lennox Lewis in 2002, and Lewis knocked him out in the eighth round.
Speed Advantage to Jones Jr.
Jones is more of a showboating speed boxer, while Tyson is clearly a devastating power puncher. Both boxers are over 50 years of age, but each has displayed their fighting prowess to the public recently.
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Twelve-ounce gloves will be used for this charity boxing event, and the combatants will clash over eight two-minute rounds. This is where betting on Tyson vs Jones Jr can get tricky. If Tyson truly respects Andy Foster’s decree for non-lethal exchange, the odds of Jones Jr winning by decision increases slightly. However, if Iron Mike stays true to his track record, he’ll get in close and unleash a hurricane on Roy.
Fighters’ Last Bouts
Jones Jr. ended his career on Feb. 8, 2018, with a 10-round unanimous decision over Scott Sigmon. “Captain Hook” had won his last four matches before retiring and simultaneously calling out UFC fighter Anderson Silva. Jones Jr. never had the chance to fight Silva (Dana White forbade it), but who knows what the future holds. If you want more UFC, we’ve got your UFC betting news right here.
Tyson’s boxing career ended on an entirely different trajectory than Jones’ did. “The Baddest Man On the Planet” lost three of his last four fights. Iron Mike was never quite the same fighter after serving three years in prison for rape.
Tyson showed explosive flashes of his former self, but also bit off Holyfield’s ear and lost to several lesser boxers. To close out his professional boxing career, Tyson lost back-to-back fights to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. The often troubled, rabid maniac is back on the loose. California better make sure that Jones Jr. signs all the waivers in triplicate, because Tyson will bathe in his blood.
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