On the last Saturday in November, boxing is back with a blast from the past! STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California will play host to an exhibition bout that feels like a fantasy straight out of the pugilistic time machine as former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and pound-for-pound icon Roy Jones Jr. square off in eight rounds of action. That’s not all fight fans have in store, however, as retired NBA slam dunk king Nate Robinson squares off with YouTuber Jake Paul in the cruiserweight co-main event, with former two-division champion Badou Jack featuring elsewhere on the main card. That means it’s time for CanadianBettingSites to make our Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones picks, including moneylines, method of victory, and over/under total rounds.
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.
Iron Mike is 54 years old. Junior is 51. But if you think that takes any of the shine away from this fight, well, the opposite is true. Tyson has famously kept up the kind of physical shape that belies the fact that his professional fight career ended in 2005 (and has reinvented himself as a kind of shamanistic folk hero in the interim), while Jones retired less than three years ago and has stayed sharp as a trainer for top contenders like British middleweight Chris Eubank Jr.
This is an exhibition bout, so the result won’t reflect on either legend’s professional record and the written rules warn away from seeking a knockout, but take it from Tyson himself: “My objective is to go in there with the best intentions of my life and to disable my opponent,” he said in October. Given his almost Zen-like approach to violence combined with the fact that Jones expressed to Sky Sports in September that accepting this fight might not have been the wisest choice, it’s no surprise that oddsmakers favor Iron Mike across the board.
In the big picture, the Brooklyn-born Baddest Man on the Planet is still a beast of a puncher, and there’s every indication that his mindset is happier and healthier than it’s perhaps ever been.
Mike Tyson (1.53) is the best pick to win, with a $20 bet at William Hill paying out $30.60.
Best Roy Jones Upset Pick vs. Mike Tyson
Convinced that the younger man in this tilt has the goods to deliver the W?
A $20 bet on Roy Jones Jr. (2.68) cashes out for $53.60 at Sports Interaction.
Tyson vs. Jones Method of Victory
So, what are the chances that this exhibition fight ends with one combatant indisposed on the canvas? The rules, as set by the World Boxing Council, are meant to avoid this, with eight rounds scheduled instead of the typical 10 for a top-tier non-title fight, with each allotted for two minutes each rather than three. All told, these guys will bring the heat in the early going, but the smart money is almost certainly on a tamer contest (relatively speaking) in the later rounds.
That’s no knock on these eternal champions’ abilities; just a sober reality of their respective cardio situations at a combined 105 years of age.
Bet on Tyson (4.5) winning by decision or technical decision, which pays out $90 on a $20 bet at Bodog.
Tyson vs. Jones Over/Under 7.5 Total Rounds
After being initially scheduled to proceed without judges — and therefore without the chance of any kind of non-knockout result — the WBC has reportedly committed to not only scoring this fight, but awarding a mythical “Frontline Championship” belt to the winner.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will be competing for the WBC Frontline Battle Belt, I’m told. Here’s a pic of said belt, created just for them.
They meet on 11/28. pic.twitter.com/CFwYAUMry9
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 26, 2020
If the point of an exhibition fight is to exhibit, then sanity and decency would hold that this fight isn’t a success unless it goes the distance. Don’t think the WBC won’t coach up its chosen referee for exactly this outcome. Tyson’s generational two-handed power and Jones’ trademark hook assaults notwithstanding, cooler heads should ultimately prevail.
With that in mind, bang the over (2.1) on 7.5 total rounds. A winning $20 bet earns you $42 at top sportsbooks.
Nate Robinson vs. Jake Paul
If you thought that an exhibition bout featuring two half-centenarians wailing on each other for a made-up championship belt looked like the pinnacle of publicity stunts, you spoke too soon! In the co-main event on November 28th’s fight card, three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson will take on viral video star Jake Paul in a real-life professional 200-pound bout scheduled for six rounds.
Sure, Robinson played professional sports for more than a dozen years and was a generational leaper with more strength than a man standing 5-foot-9 ought to have, but he’s 36 years old. Paul, for all his eye-rolling tomfoolery, is 13 years Robinson’s junior and enters with a serious height and reach advantage. Life isn’t always fair, folks. It is what it is.
The smart money is on Paul (1.65) to defeat Robinson. A $20 bet at MyBookie cashes out for $33.
Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan
Don’t worry, folks, there is at least one fight on this card that features two active, duly professional boxers. Sweden’s Badou Jack is a known quantity, having held world championships in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions as recently as 2017. At age 37, he’s on the back stretch of his career, but the former titlist is in for arguably the faintest test since he was in his 20s.
— Mayweather Promotions (@MayweatherPromo) November 9, 2020
Blake “The Beast” McKernan is undefeated, but has faced precisely zero legitimate contenders in his career. He’s cannon fodder for Jack in this eight-round bout at 175 pounds barring something truly unforeseen, like a meteor crashing into southern California.
Expect Badou Jack (1.1) to dominate McKernan. Bettors can earn $22 on a winning $20 ticket at top sportsbooks.