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November 26, 2020

‘Clueless’ fight over Tyson-Jones Jr rulesRoy Jones Jr. is looking in good shape too.

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It’s been sold as one of the biggest comeback fights of all-time but as the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. fight gets closer, the details are getting murkier and murkier.

With the two champions facing off in the highly anticipated bout, confusion has come to the fore with a baffling fight over whether there will actually be a winner on the night.

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The news blew up when California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive director Andy Foster told MMA Fighting earlier in the week that it was an exhibition fight rather than a real bout.

“Let’s call it an exhibition. That’s what it is. I want the public to know what this is because I don’t want people to be disappointed,” he said. “As long as they know this is an exhibition, I’m fine for everybody to earn.

“There’s no official judges. The WBC is going to have some guest celebrity judges remotely, not official, not 10-9, nothing like that. No cumulative score. No winner announced. That’s a very entertainment centred thing. It’s about entertainment. It’s not about competition. It is what it is and it’s not more than it is but it’s going to be fun.”

Originally, the pair were going to fight for the WBC Frontline Battle Belt, but will instead both be presented commemorative straps for their effort. The fight will also be scored but by former champions Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson, who will judge remotely and the result will not go on the fighter’s official record.

The other rules were that there will be eight two minute rounds, both men wearing headgear and using heavier 12-ounce gloves, the fight ends if either man suffers a bad cut, and both men have to undergo medical testing and Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency testing.

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But the water was muddied when Tik Tok rival Triller, who are presenting the fight, added to the confusion.

The company’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh released a statement after Foster’s comments.

“Know there have been some false rumours swirling, so to be crystal clear — The WBC is scoring the fight,” the statement read.

“There could be a knockout and there will be one winner. Anyone who says there is going to be no judging or no winner either does not understand the rules or has their own agenda. Unquestionably. 100%.

“DraftKings is the betting partner and is taking bets on the fight in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Illinois. The only difference in this fight is the gloves are 12 ounces, there are eight rounds and the rounds are two minutes rather than three.”

Kavanaugh also told Variety that “If someone’s bleeding, the fight’s not going to stop” as well as “knockouts are allowed”.

But Yahoo’s combat columnist Kevin Iole followed up, which just added to the confusion.

After being told by a Triller PR person that CSAC “had nothing to do with sanctioning the fight”, Iole took it to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who contradicted the statement.

“The only authority is the California State Athletic Commission,” Sulaiman wrote to Iole.

“The WBC is celebrating this great event and providing a special award of honour to both Tyson and Jones with a unique WBC belt. For added entertainment and technology demonstration there will be three celebrity judges in an unofficial capacity.”

Triller then released another statement.

“We have nothing but the utmost respect for Andy and everyone at CSAC. For total clarity, we are not implying that CSAC is picking a winner or scoring this, WBC is doing both. WBC is scoring under a 10-9, and a knockout will be a win under WBC’s scoring. The results will not be reflected on their fight record. We apologise for any confusion and look forward to a great night of fights Saturday night.”

But Iole again called Triller out, adding that “this is still incorrect. They aren’t scoring 10-9, etc, per Foster.”

American boxing reporter Dan Rafael tweeted of the baffling statements: “Clowns. And clueless clowns at that.”

The confusion has led to some betting agencies to remove betting from the bout.

With the fight to take place on Sunday, Iole said it’s been a trying week to the big fight.

But while the results may be unofficial and only for the broadcast, CSAC might need to tell Tyson and Jones Jr. it’s only an exhibition and that the results are unofficial.

The pair have promised to go for the knockout and openly mocked the rules, including the two minute rounds.

Tyson’s coach Rafael Cordeiro also reiterated that Tyson was going for the KO. It’s what he’s been saying since the fight was announced.

“Two legends in the ring, they both are going for the finish,” Cordeiro said. “The fight has three judges and a referee, so it’s a real fight and must have a winner. It’s no longer an exhibition, someone has to win. We’ll try to win from start to finish.

“Mike is not going there for an exhibition, he’s going there to fight.”


The fight was originally down to take place in September, but was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It will now take place on Sunday, November 29 with the coverage beginning at 1pm (AEDT).


Eager fans can book the fight through Main Event for $59.95, with the fight also able to be booked through Kayo for those without Foxtel.

The PPV purchase allows access to Kayo until 3rd December at 11:59:59PM AEDT and can be made even without a separate Kayo subscription.


– No knockouts allowed

– No judges ringside scoring the bout, WBC (Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson) will judge fight remotely

– No official winner will be declared

– Eight two-minute rounds

– Fighters will wear 12 oz gloves

– Fight will be stopped if either suffers a bad cut


Main card

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — Heavyweight exhibition

Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson — Cruiserweight

Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan — Light Heavyweight

Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter — Cruiserweight

Preliminary card

Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright — Lightweight

Irvin Gonzalez vs. Edward Vasquez — Featherweight

Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones — Heavyweight


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