Holy shit, what year is it? 2005? The number one song in the world was Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, Texas had defeated USC to win the National Championship, and the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA title. Oh, and that was the last time Mike Tyson stepped into a boxing ring for an official match.
Today, 15 years later, Tyson is 54 years old. Somehow, in that span, Roy Jones Jr. has fought 22 more times. He has not stepped into the ring in two years and is 51 years old. This Saturday, November 28th, 2020, we will see these two men step into the boxing ring once again, this time, to face each other.
Tyson still seems to be in decent shape, however, the last we heard, he “lost the passion” for boxing. Has this passion returned to the level he needs in order for him to win? We shall see.
Roy Jones Jr. has not fought in two years, and the question of rust is legitimate. Both of these men are north of 50 and I could see these going one of two ways. The first, is that we will see a knockout before the fifth round starts because one of these men will catch the other and knock them out cold. The second way this fight will go is that it will go the distance and both men will be hugging for more than half of the time. Personally, I think it is awesome that people my age (I am 27) will get to truly see Mike Tyson in the ring. However, I believe that this will be a complete mess in a hilarious way. Both men are in their 50s, and have been out of the ring for years. Neither of them are in their prime either.
Despite this, I will absolutely enjoy watching this match. I do believe that Tyson still has some fight left, but I cannot write this legitmately and say that 15 years off will not make a difference. Roy Jones Jr. will win this fight. I believe that he will knock Tyson out in the fourth round. According to Bovada, Jones opened as the favorite, but the odds now favor Tyson at -200 and Jones Jr. coming in at +160. Nothing crazy about the odds, but I do believe it is interesting that Tyson is the favorite. Is this another instance of Vegas knowing something that the rest of us don’t? We will certainly find out!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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