Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones – Fight Odds and Betting Prediction
Mike Tyson will face the fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match on September 12th at the Dignity Health Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
Both men are in their 50s, heroes from a bygone era. No one should expect a top-quality matchup from top to bottom, as stamina will undoubtedly factor in. However, the nostalgia is going to kick in once we see these two legends going at it.
The odds for the fight between Tyson and Jones Jr. are already out at several sportsbooks. So why not jump into the matchup right now?
Let’s do it.
What are the odds for the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. fight?
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Iron Mike opened -200 to win the fight, but the number moved a little over the last few weeks. We can find Tyson at -170 at MyBookie. Jones Jr. is +140 to win the bout.
There are no odds on the total rounds, but I’m sure that number will be available as the date of the event gets closer.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Fight Information
- Date: Saturday, September, 12th, 2020
- Venue: Dignity Health Sports Arena, LA
What we know about Mike Tyson
It’s crazy to think there is an entire generation that only knows Mike Tyson from the Hangover movies, rather than his superb boxing talents displayed in the late 80s and early 90s.
For those who know little to nothing at all about Mike Tyson, keep in mind he became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world at the age of 20. The record still holds. His uncanny but powerful punches made him the man to watch when the boxing world was at its all-time high.
Those of us who caught Mike’s fights 30+years ago, remember sitting in front of a lousy reception TV for hours. We tried to stay awake during the preliminary card to see Iron Mike’s power in display late at night.
It hardly mattered if the fights lasted less than a minute. It was the talking point of every sports fan the next morning. Oh man, nostalgia is kicking in right now.
He was 37-0 before losing his first-ever fight to Buster Douglas in Tokyo. To this day, it’s the most shocking upset in boxing history.
Fast forward to 2020. Iron Mike is now 54-years old and hasn’t fought since 2005. He abruptly retired in the middle of the seventh round against Kevin McBride. Those last days of Tyson were painful to watch.
Anyway, Iron Mike looks in great shape now. He looks fast and ready to go. A little insane too. Just watch the video below.
His power has never been an issue, and that’s why I’m not even going to dare question him in that department. After watching that video, it’s hard not to throw all my money at Tyson -170.
What we know about Roy Jones Jr.
Unlike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. was more of a light heavyweight fighter than a heavyweight. However, he excelled in four weight classes. In 2003, he became the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.
He never fought with rage. Instead, his fights were a pleasure to watch because he toyed with his opponents and conducted himself as an entertainer more than a vicious fighter.
This exhibition matchup is driven by people’s thirst to watch Iron Mike back, but Roy Jones Jr. was as good as it gets. He holds the record for the most wins in unified light heavyweight title bouts in boxing history, with twelve.
He was named the fighter of the 90s decade by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He’s 51 but was still a professional fighter two years ago. His last contest was in 2018.
What’s The Prediction For The Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Fight?
To bet this fight, we need to find out if it is a friendly-sparring or if both fighters will go at it for the win. I’m going with option B.
It’s hard to see Mike Tyson coming back to the ring to suffer a loss, even if it is an exhibition match. Tyson wasn’t known for his work ethic, especially in the last stretch of his career, but this “new” Mike seems different.
However, Roy Jones Jr. should certainly be in better shape, with more stamina and smoother movements than Mike. He retired just two years ago.
There’s also the value factor. Jones Jr. is a technique fighter who will stretch the fight to the full eight rounds if he needs it. He’s one of the most polished fighters ever.
By betting Roy Jones Jr., we get the better fighter, in better shape, and with a good enough number on the moneyline to pull the trigger with no regrets.
I love the fact that we will get to see Iron Mike once again, but Roy Jones Jr. at +140 is the better bet.