The fight card at Staples Center in Los Angeles headlined by Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. was a roaring success, even if the main event had a bogus outcome.
Tyson and Jones Jr. fought an eight-round exhibition match with a smaller ring, smaller gloves and shorter round duration than is standard for non-exhibitions. Before facing Jones Jr., Iron Mike, 54, hadn’t fought since 2005 but he looked good considering his age.
Tyn came out swinging and showed off good speed on his punches and his typical ability to strike from close range. He dominated the entire fight and clearly won it. Comparatively, Jones Jr. barely was throwing punches and didn’t appear to land anything of consequence. Despite that, the fight went the distance and was ruled a draw by the three judges.
Chad Dawson scored it 76-76, Christy Martin had it 79-73 Tyson and Vinny Pazienza scored it 80-76 for Jones.
Jones Jr. accepted the result but cracked a joke.
“I wear drawers, but I don’t do draws,” he said.
They talked about fighting a rematch.
“We gotta do this again. Everybody loves Mike. It’s tough taking punches from Mike,” Jones said afterward.