Who’s Buying Leftovers? 17 years after last win Tyson returns

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My sister called me and said that she is having a Tyson Fight Party, weeks ago another friend searched his pay per view channels to see if the Tyson/Jones fight was coming on that evening.

So, yes there are some people who are anxiously waiting to see 54-year old former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson face 51-year old four-time world champion and onetime heavyweight title holder Roy Jones Jr. face off in an exhibition on Nov. 28 at Staples Center televised on pay per view for $49.99.

Tyson last won a fight 17-years ago against Clifford Etienne, but he closed a chapter on what was considered by many as the most feared heavyweight since Sony Liston by getting knocked out by forgettable foes such as Kevin McBride and Danny Williams in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Meanwhile Jones was adding the final polish to his once brilliant career in 2018, winning four fights in a row against the dreadful Scott Sigmon, Bobby Gunn, Rodney Moore and Vyron Phillips. A free cookie if you know any of them.

Nonetheless, Tyson and Jones will be paid a reported whopping $20 million for a scheduled 8 round snoozer, a direct insult to scores of young brilliant fighters whose careers have been handicapped by the COVID pandemic and purses severely crippled by the absence of live gates.

The appetite for Tyson’s return to the ring evolved months ago when I start receiving text messages from his long time bag man Eric Brown, teasing the champ is back.

There was Tyson bobbing and weaving, blasting left and rights at mitts. To the novice eye it was quite impressive, but those who really know the sport will explain to you that hitting mitts and speed bags do not compare to having someone in front of you hitting back.

Jones doesn’t drink nor drug, but has been rocked enough in big fights to question if he can absorb any kind of punch.

Tyson, on the other hand has done it all from cocaine and most recently weed and we all can remember what happened to him when he fought Lennox Lewis and before that Buster Douglas in the greatest upset in the history of the sport.

Neither man is broke, but this payday will top anything they have in the bank right now.

If you are hoping the Tyson that annihilated Michael Spinks will show up forget about it. Nor will you see flashes of Jones savvy boxing skills that were on display when he beat James Toney.

What you will likely see is a spectacle minus Don King that we all will forget before it trends on Twitter.

So, yes there are some people who are anxiously waiting to see 54-year old former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson face 51-year old four-time world champion and onetime heavyweight title holder Roy Jones Jr. face off in an exhibition on Nov. 28 at Staples Center televised on pay per view for $49.99.

Tyson last won a fight 17-years ago against Clifford Etienne, but he closed a chapter on what was considered by many as the most feared heavyweight since Sony Liston by getting knocked out by forgettable foes such as Kevin McBride and Danny Williams in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Meanwhile Jones was adding the final polish to his once brilliant career in 2018, winning four fights in a row against the dreadful Scott Sigmon, Bobby Gunn, Rodney Moore and Vyron Phillips. A free cookie if you know any of them.

Nonetheless, Tyson and Jones will be paid a reported whopping $20 million for a scheduled 8 round snoozer, a direct insult to scores of young brilliant fighters whose careers have been handicapped by the COVID pandemic and purses severely crippled by the absence of live gates.

The appetite for Tyson’s return to the ring evolved months ago when I start receiving text messages from his long time bag man Eric Brown, teasing the champ is back.

There was Tyson bobbing and weaving, blasting left and rights at mitts. To the novice eye it was quite impressive, but those who really know the sport will explain to you that hitting mitts and speed bags do not compare to having someone in front of you hitting back.

Jones doesn’t drink nor drug, but has been rocked enough in big fights to question if he can absorb any kind of punch.

Tyson, on the other hand has done it all from cocaine and most recently weed and we all can remember what happened to him when he fought Lennox Lewis and before that Buster Douglas in the greatest upset in the history of the sport.

Neither man is broke, but this payday will top anything they have in the bank right now.

If you are hoping the Tyson that annihilated Michael Spinks will show up forget about it. Nor will you see flashes of Jones savvy boxing skills that were on display when he beat James Toney.

What you will likely see is a spectacle minus Don King that we all will forget before it trends on Twitter.

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