Knockouts ARE allowed, but exhibition fight will see shortened rounds and no official winner


The exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will take place on Saturday night and the rules for the clash have been revealed. 

While the meeting of two retired legends has certainly got the boxing world talking, it won’t be a fight like normal with some changes in place for the ageing duo.

Tyson and Jones Jr will face off in eight, two-minute rounds

Tyson and Jones Jr will face off in eight, two-minute rounds

Tyson v Jones Jr: Rules

With both fighters over 50 years old, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has placed a set of rules on the bout including that it will be held over eight, two-minute rounds.

The former champions both snubbed the option to wear headguards so CSAC stated that a total fight-time of 16 minutes must be adhered to considering their age. 

The fighters will also be wearing larger 12-ounce gloves in the hope of minimising damage done.

CSAC executive director Andy Foster has said they will stop the contest if a cut appears on either fighter and neither fighter should be going for a knockout.

However, Triller – the social media channel that are promoting the fight – have put out a statement insisting that KOs are allowed.

The CSAC will also not have any judges present, but the WBC will have Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza, and Chad Dawson scoring the bout.

This trio of former WBC champions will judge remotely in an unofficial capacity.

It’s understood the winner from their scoring will be announced, but the result will not go down on either man’s professional records.

A special ‘Frontline Battle Belt’ with the inscription ‘Black Lives Matter’ will be given to both fighters.

Tyson vs Jones Jr rules

  • It has been sanctioned as an exhibition bout
  • It will take place over 8 rounds, lasting two minutes each
  • The boxers will not be required to wear headgear
  • They will be wearing 12-ounce gloves
  • If either boxer suffers a bad cut, the bout is over
  • Three celebrity judges will score the fight remotely in an unofficial capacity
  • Winner will be announced but fight will not count on either man’s professional record

Tyson vs Jones Jr: How to follow on talkSPORT

  • talkSPORT has the live radio rights to the fight
  • Our free coverage will get under way at 3am
  • You can listen through our app HERE
  • You can also listen through the website HERE, or through the radio player below

Tyson vs Jones Jr: Undercard

The undercard will involve several regular fights under regular rules.

Youtuber Jack Paul will take on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson while former two-weight world champion Badou Jack will also be in action.

Main card

  • Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr, WBC Frontline Championship
  • Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, cruiserweight
  • Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, light heavyweight
  • Hasim Rahman Jr vs. Rashad Coulter, cruiserweights

Preliminary card

  • Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright, lightweight
  • Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez, featherweight
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones, heavyweight

Tyson vs Jones Jr: Tale of the tape

Mike Tyson – Roy Jones Jr 

Age: 54 – 51

Hometown: New York City – Pensacola, Florida

Record: 50/6/0 (44 KOs) – 66/9/0 (47 KOs)

Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) – 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

Style: Orthodox – Orthodox

Recognition: Former undisputed heavyweight champion – Former undisputed light heavyweight and WBA heavyweight champion

Mike Tyson shows off 100-pound weight loss ahead of Roy Jones Jr comeback fight as he rips off shirt during Good Morning America interview

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