Fans are left scratching their heads pertaining to the rules for the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fight.
It is said that no headgear is required, though knockouts are not allowed… Here are some of the rules;
“They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other,” Foster told Boxing Scene earlier this year. “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.”
Given the steep price of $49.99 to order the fight, fans are expecting a little more in return and not some exhibition.
Promoters like Dana White of the UFC ridiculed the concept;
“They’re not allowed to knock each other out? How do you enforce that? I’d like to bet that doesn’t happen. Can you bet on that?”
“You can’t even bet on this fight? I did not know that,” White said. “I don’t even know what to say to that.”
Fans and other promoters aren’t very pleased – though it should be noted that they’re taking precautions in the best interest of the fighters.
As for Mike Tyson’s take, he isn’t bothered in the slightest, and in fact, he’s even gloating given the early numbers the PPV is drawing.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
Despite the criticisms from others, Tyson is gloating given the monstrous record-breaking pre-fight numbers;
According to Tyson, he’s already shattering PPV marks;
“Numbers don’t lie. Haters are mad they can’t get numbers like this. Saturday will be a day of reckoning. @royjonesjrofficial you better be ready.”
On the road to the fight, Tyson seems to be more motivated than ever;
“This is me testing myself,” he admits. “I’ve never felt like this, the way that I’m feeling now in my life. I’m focused on my health, on doing good. I needed something else, and I’m [still] searching for it, to be honest with you. But I’m on my way, I feel great, I feel connected. I’ve done this 100 times; I know I can do this.”
A win isn’t enough for Iron Mike, he wants to dominate.