While there are several big-name fights to look forward to on the boxing schedule, a Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr. bout is one we never saw coming, but it's one we're all looking forward to.
Stories about this matchup had been making the rounds on social media, even before the official announcement of the exhibition match.
Mike Tyson first teased the match, saying he would be making a comeback in an eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. He later made it official, confirming it on his website legendsonlyleague.com.
The novelty heavyweight match was originally set to happen on the 12th of September but was postponed due to COVID-19 complications. Now, the showdown will take place on November 28, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The fight will be the night cap on a card that features some other notable fights like the a bout between former NBA star Nate Robinson and controversial internet personality Jake Paul. The main event, along with the undercard, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view and Triller, the multimedia platform.
Mike, in a video call with ESPN, said that he is out to prove that older athletes can still compete at the highest level, stating:
It has been revealed that Mike Tyson will be earning an estimated $10 million for the bout and has said he will donate his purse to charity. Roy Jones Jr. will be also earning an estimated $10.5 million for participating in the high profile exhibition matchup.
Mike Tyson Fight History
After a 15-year absence from boxing, Iron Mike will step back into the ring following his retirement from the sport in 2005 when he posted a third loss in four fights, falling to Irish pro Kevin McBride.
With a career record of 50 wins 6 losses and 2 no contests, Mike Tyson is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all-time and is mentioned among the likes of Mohammed Ali and Floyd Mayweather. While at 54 years of age, he might not be the physical specimen he once was, Tyson has been wowing social media with his training videos, looking fit, strong, and surprisingly quick.
Only time will tell whether or not that will translate into success in the ring but bookmakers pegged Tyson as the early favorite and his odds have held steady so far.
Roy Jones Jr. Fight History
The much more active of the two storied pugilists, the 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. last fought in 2018, when he earned a unanimous decision victory against Scott Sigmon. He retired from professional boxing after the victory.
With a career record of 66 wins and 9 losses, Jones Jr.'s career win percentage is just slightly lower than Tyson's but unlike Mike, Roy ended his career with four straight wins.
How to Bet Mike Tyson VS Roy Jones Jr.
One of the best ways to make an exciting event even more exciting, is by betting on it (just ask those who bet on Buster Douglas as a 42/1 underdog when he beat Tyson in 1990). We've outlined some of the best ways to bet not only boxing, but this fight in particular.
This is the simplest type of bet. You pick the winning boxer and if they emerge victorious, you win your bet. As of the writing of this writing, Mike Tyson is a favorite of around -170 or 1.56. This means you would have to bet $170 on Tyson to win a profit of $100. Roy Jones Jr., on the other hand, is being offered as the underdog at around +140, meaning you would net a $140 profit on a $100 bet.
Like betting the OVER/UNDER in a football or basketball game, you're wagering on when the fight will end. In this, eight-round right, between two heavy weight knockout specialists, it's likely sportsbooks will set a low total. Let's say they set the OVER/UNDER at 4.5 rounds with both sides offered at -110. If the fight ends in the fourth round, the UNDER would hit and a $110 bet would net a profit of $100. If the fight ends in the fifth round, however, the OVER would hit and a $110 bet would net an identical profit of $100.
Bettors can also bet on boxers to win the fight in certain rounds, or to win certain rounds on points.
Method of Victory betting
Bettors can also bet on the method of victory in a boxing match to increase potential profit. In this case, where a knockout is very likely, the more profitable option might be to bet on either Tyson or Jones Jr. by decision.
Here are the typical methods victory offered by sportsbooks:
- Fighter by KO, TKO or DQ
- Fighter by Decision or Technical Decision
- Fight ends in a Draw or Technical Draw
What makes a good sportsbook for boxing betting?
Boxing betting differs from other types of betting in some ways, and to have the best experience, a bettor must choose a good sportsbook to use. Here are some sportsbook features a bettor should consider before making a decision:
- Find a sportsbook that streams the events live.
- Choose a sportsbook that allows in-game betting and mobile betting.
- Finally, pick a site that offers a large variety of betting lines.
Betting Tips and Strategies
Below are some boxing betting tips and strategies to aid you in your boxing betting experience:
Choose Your Bets Wisely
Do not choose bets randomly or rashly. It's okay to pass up on an opportunity even when you are certain there is value in it. Sometimes it is safest to win small via money line betting, repeatedly, rather than selecting random big pay outs that rarely cash out.
Gather News and Information About the Fight
It is imperative to keep up with current news and to do dive into the statistics of each fighter. Information is a powerful force in boxing betting, as it helps you make better-informed decisions.
Stay Emotionally Detached
Leave your emotions out of it. While boxing is a very intimate sport and bettors are likely to have favorites, you must stay detached and make cognitive betting decisions.