Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr won’t be a ‘real fight’ and the public should not be misled into thinking otherwise.
These are the words of Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission who have decided to sanction the fight.
Tyson and Jones Jr will have an exhibition
The hyped-up pay-per-view event has been scheduled for September 12 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in California, it was announced on Thursday.
Slowly, details of the exhibition bout are starting to emerge.
The contest will be an eight-round affair, with both men wearing bigger 12oz gloves, but no headgear.
Jones Jr is a former pound-for-pound king
Interestingly, Foster has now told BoxingScene that there will be no judges scoring the fight and so no winner, unless there’s a knockout.
However this is absolutely not the plan.
Foster said: “We can’t mislead the public as to this is some kind of real fight.
“They can get into it a little bit, but I don’t want people to get hurt. They know the deal.
Tyson was a knockout king in his prime
“It’s an exhibition. They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other.
“They’re going to spar hard, but they shouldn’t be going for a knockout. This isn’t a record-book type of fight.
“This is not world championship boxing right now. It’s not what this is. People shouldn’t be getting knocked out.
“The public can see what kind of shape Roy and Mike are still in.”