Boxing icon Roy Jones Jr’s Russian manager has actually informed DHT Sport the previous light-heavyweight world champ has the ring IQ to beat “killer” Mike Tyson on Saturday, and firmly insists the fight is an exhibit in name just.
Voted the very best fighter of the 1990s, Jones, 51, will handle 54-year-old fellow ring legend Tyson, the youngest guy ever to record the heavyweight title at twenty years old, at STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles in an easily interesting dream match over 8 rounds.
Jones Jr’s Russian manager and organization partner Zsolt Barna confesses that although the fight is noted as an exhibit, the 2 males are “not kids any more” and will be going for it to win the WBC Frontline Battle Belt, made specifically for the dust-up in between the 2 veterans.
“I was sitting next to Roy when they had a discussion with Mike and his people and of course they agree it’s going to be an exhibition fight,” Barna informed Rt Sport in a video interview. “Don’t forget both of them are in their 50s; Mike is 54, Roy is 51, although both of them you know – one of the greatest. Roy and Mike, who knows which ones better?
“Thing is this – although it’s an exhibition fight – we know Mike had exhibition fights before and you never know which Mike you’re gonna get when he gets into the ring. You just never know. Let me put it this way – Roy is very smart, he’s very intelligent, his ring IQ is really up there that being said he’s ready for anything.
“Mike is an unbelievable fighter, probably one of the greatest heavyweights ever. The most exciting. I don’t want to say greatest ever but definitely the smallest and the most explosive heavyweights in history. He knows one speed – he comes there to knock you out. He comes there to hurt you. Roy has many KOs as well. But Roy is very smart and he’s ready for anything.”
Recent reports recommended that the 2 fighters would abide by guidelines that avoided either being knocked out, and no winner would be stated, making the fight a real exhibit.
Both males have actually trained vigilantly in the lead as much as the match, Tyson especially has shocked fans with his hulking body which does not reveal any indications of having ages given that his prime time in the 1980s and 1990s, vouched for by Tyson’s admission he now weighs 215 pounds, a weight not obtained given that his days as a young professional.
Barna likewise exposed that a fight was meant to be made in between the 2 in 2003 when Jones stepped up to heavyweight to win the WBA from John Ruiz, and Tyson was coming to the end of his profession, although the various trajectories of their particular professions suggested that their courses never ever crossed. Until this Saturday.
“So as far as the fight goes yes its an exhibition but – there’s always a but – that’s why it’s very interesting. Many people don’t know that this fight was supposed to happen before. when Mike was retiring and Roy just won the heavyweight title beating [John] Ruiz and there was a fight on the table.
“Mike is not afraid of anything or anybody but he was done with pro boxing and that’s why that fight never happened. But we believe it’s going to be very exciting. Even if it’s an exhibition it’s gonna be the biggest show of 2020. Because of Covid, and all the things we were facing in the world.”
Tyson was well known for his ageless soundbites, invaluable garbage talking and straight-out destructive dangers throughout his profession, but he likewise said lots of considerable musings prior to battles to reveal his judgement on a challenger, consisting of the now notorious paraphrased line: “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. With those words in mind, what exactly is Jones’ plans about facing a man known for scrambling the plans of scores of top heavyweights?
“Roy is ready for anything and everything. When he gets into the ring for him he’s very intelligent he knows that if he’s gonna end up staying there toe to toe with the baddest man there’s a chance he’s gonna get hurt,” Barna revealed.
“So that being said he’s smart he’s gonna use his footwork, you saw his training videos, you know, he’s still got speed. At age 51 he’s still got speed. And he’s still got power everytime we see back home. And speed equals power. It kills. And usually a boxer, usually not always, usually a boxer can beat the puncher.”
“[Mike]’s definitely a boxer, I’m not taking anything away from him. He’s also smart when it comes to boxing but he was so explosive he was so powerful and unique in his movements, the shortest and youngest heavyweight champion ever. I’m not taking anything away from him. But if I gotta put my money on someone. I will put it on Roy.”