Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Predictions | Odds & Betting Guide

Joseph Kata, Last Updated: November 30th, 2020 Sports Betting Guide For All 50 States (2020)
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Predictions | Odds & Betting Guide

What we can tell you about betting on Tyson vs Jones is that no legal sportsbook in the US allows you to wager on the fight because it's an exhibition and being treated as such. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't established odds out there that we still can look at to see who is favored.

Roy Jones Jr. opened as the favorite, likely due to him only recently retiring from the fight scene while Mike Tyson hasn't fought since 2005. But some of the quirks in the exhibition along with a perception that Tyson is in great fighting shape have caused the odds to flip recently with Tyson now the favorite to come out on top.

After Jones opened as a -160 on Tyson shortly after this fight was announced, you're now looking at a -200 for Mike as we head toward fight week.

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Tyson Vs Jones Fight Rules

One of the biggest questions surrounding this fight is, what are the rule changes in comparison to a normal boxing match? There are a few quirks and differences in this fight that you'll want to know before watching or playing free contests for money:

  • The fight will be eight two-minute rounds instead of the standard three-minute round
  • Three judges will score the fight, but they will be "legendary champions" to score it unless there's a KO/TKO
  • No matter who wins or loses, both fighters will receive a custom belt, currently listed as the WBC Frontline Belt

Tyson Vs Jones Jr Tale Of The Tape

Attributes

Mike Tyson

Roy Jones Jr

Age

54

51

Record

50-6-2 (44 KOs)

66-9 (47 KOs)

Height

5'10'

5'11'

Weight

240

200

Reach

71'

74'

Stance

Orthodox

Orthodox

Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr Prediction

Since it's an exhibition contest, there's not a lot I can say about their fighting styles and their strategy heading into the matchup that would be relevant.

This is about showcasing two legends the best way boxing knows how at a time where it may be fun just to see these two in the ring together. So for those of you who may not know the impact they had on the sport, let's quickly recap their prestigious careers.

While most people know Mike Tyson as a controversial figure who saw many more lows outside of the ring than he had inside, there will never be another Tyson in boxing. He was the youngest Heavyweight Champion in boxing history, claiming his first WBC belt on November 22, 1986; a full 34 years between that bout and this exhibition matchup.

Tyson was the undisputed world champ from 1987 to 1990 and held three federation's titles during that span while still being the only heavyweight fighter to unify those belts. His name still invokes fear as visions of a vicious counterpuncher who exploited weakness with the best of them dance through boxing fans' and novices' heads alike. Roy Jones Jr. is still known as boxing's pound-for-pound king as mostly a middleweight. Even though he is considered underweight compared to Tyson, he's actually the first middleweight champ to win a heavyweight belt, having done so in 2003 even though he was outweighed by 33 pounds. Jones was also a silver medalist at the 1988 Olympics and was chosen as the fighter of the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

When you have two boxing legends in their 50s having an exhibition contest with shorter than normal rounds and 12oz gloves (albeit without headgear), I think it's a safe bet to say the fight will go the distance when the distance is only 16 minutes. And while both fighters are in great shape and we've seen plenty of peeks into Tyson's punching power during sparring, it won't come into play here.

What will come into play is Jones' consistent ability to go long in his fights even at the end of his career. And while he wasn't fighting top stars in his weight class, he was still going up against much younger opponents that he outclassed and outworked to win, including his last fight in 2018.

Mike Tyson may be in great shape and looks great for any age, but he's never been known for his stamina. Finishing fights early was his calling card, and one he won't really have an opportunity to dip into if this is a true exhibition.

I expect to see a lot of good action early on with both boxers determined to show they've still 'got it' in a very controlled setting. But I also expect Tyson to tire out after a few rounds with 15 years since his last competitive matchup. The judges will see Jones spry on his feet in comparison even if he doesn't throw another punch and will most likely declare him the winner by unanimous decision.

No matter what the end result is, we're looking forward to seeing two legendary fighters enjoy the spotlight again even with no fans around, and get to showcase their talents for charity while collecting yet another belt for their mantles. It's going to be a fun main event and I don't expect any theatrics or controversy from it.

Prediction: Roy Jones Jr. To Win By Unanimous Decision

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