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    Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr bizarre rules: Is a knockout allowed, how many rounds will they fight and how many minutes?

    MIKE TYSON and Roy Jones Jr face off in an intriguing exhibition fight this weekend.
    But what are the rules for the boxing spectacle? Is a knockout allowed and how many minutes will the rounds be?

    Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr do battle this weekend
    What are the rules for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr?

    With a combined age of 105, Tyson and Jones Jr do battle in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
    They will fight over eight, two minute rounds, and will be wearing larger 12oz gloves.
    The fighters will not be wearing headgear.
    Men’s boxing bouts usually run over three minute rounds and both stars have expressed their dismay at the shorter rounds.

    Jones Jr said: ” I’m not happy at all.

    “Like [Tyson] said, that’s for women. I kept fighting until the last minute, saying, ‘Why we fighting two-minute rounds?’ I don’t understand that. We’re not women. We’re two of the best to ever do it.
    “Why we got to do two-minute rounds? Why? If something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen anyway … two minutes, three minutes, five minutes. Don’t really matter.
    “So, for us, what difference does it make? Two minutes doesn’t do anything for him or for me. To be honest with you, it cheats the fans out of it.”

    In addition, the California State Commission have said that if either boxer is cut or injured the fight will be stopped, though if remains to be seen if referee Ray Corona will choose to halt it.
    The WBC have created the WBC Frontline title belt for the winner, and have former WBC champs Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson scoring the fight remotely should it go all eight rounds.
    Is a knockout allowed?
    Technically yes, although the legends have been urged NOT to go for a K.O.
    The California State Commission have deemed it a bout for the greats to “exhibit” their boxing skills.
    UFC boss Dana White was flabbergasted after hearing the rule, saying: “There’s no knockouts? They’re not allowed to knock each other out? How do you enforce that? 
    Both fighters have said they are gunning for a K.O on Saturday night.

    What have they said?
    Andy Foster, California State Commission executive director: “It’s an exhibition.
    “They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other.
    “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.
    “The public can see what kind of shape Roy and Mike are still in.

    Mike Tyson’s incredible bodyweight workout routine
    “I’m sure there are going to be times where it heats up. Ray’s [Corona, referee] job is going to be to put the ice back on without having to kill the whole thing. He’s that kind of referee. I feel that he’s going to be good at that, and he’s the right guy for this kind of a fight.”
    Jones Jr: “First of all, if you think you are going into the ring with Mike Tyson, the last guy [Corey Sanders] that did an ‘exhibition’ with Mike [in 2006] got dropped in the first round.
    “If you don’t know that, then something is wrong with you. Who goes into the ring with the great, legendary Mike Tyson and thinks, ‘Oh, this is going to be an exhibition?’ 12-ounce gloves? No headgear? Really? This is an exhibition? Come on, man. Be for real’.”
    When is Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr?
    The fight is set for Saturday, November 28.
    The undercard is expected to start at 9pm ET which is 1am GMT and the main event will follow at around 4am – 5am GMT.
    LA’s Staples Center plays host with no fans in attendance.
    Who is on the Tyson vs Jones Jr undercard?
    YouTube star Jake Paul leads the way on the four-fight card when he takes on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson.
    Elsewhere Hasim Rahman Jr has stepped in after KSI’s trainer Viddal Riley pulled out.
    Main card
    Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright, (8 x 3min, lightweight)
    Irvin Gonzalez vs. Edward Vasquez (8 x 3min, featherweight)
    Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones (8 x 3min, heavyweight)
    How can I watch Tyson vs Jones Jr?
    BT Sport Box Office will be showing the card in the UK. With the event starting from 1am GMT.
    BT are charging £19.95 for the card.
    In the US, watch the show on Fite.TV and the Triller app. More

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    Who is Mike Tyson’s trainer Rafael Cordeiro? MMA star training boxing legend for Roy Jones Jr comeback

    IRON MIKE is back after a 15-year absence.
    All eyes will be on the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night as Mike Tyson enters the ring for the first time since 2005.

    The eyes of the world will be on Mike Tyson as the champ returns to the ringCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The former heavyweight champion of the world will go up against Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout, with Rafael Cordeiro in his corner.
    Who is Rafael Cordeiro?
    Tyson has got himself into phenomenal shape for his big comeback – and Cordeiro has played a huge part in the champ’s stunning body transformation.
    A former MMA star and a fearsome competitor, Cordeiro is a three-time Brazilian Muay Thai world champion.
    The Brazilian-born hardman stepped out of the ring in his late 20s with a professional MMA record of four wins and two defeats.

    Cordeiro then moved to the USA in 2008 and heads up the famous Kings MMA gym in California, which he founded a decade ago.

    Cordeiro is getting Tyson ready for his first boxing bout since 2005Credit: Refer to Caption
    The gym has churned out a number of MMA superstars, including Wanderlei Silva, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and lightweight scrapper Rafael dos Anjos.
    In 2016, Cordeiro was named Coach of the Year and Kings was awarded Gym of the Year in a clean-sweep at the MMA Awards.
    Tyson and Cordeiro linked up earlier this year and the martial arts expert has whipped the 53-year-old former champ into remarkable shape.

    Cordeiro won Coach of the Year at the MMA Awards in 2015Credit: Getty Images
    And Cordeiro, 47, has been stunned by the power of the Baddest Man on the Planet who hasn’t been in the ring since retiring against Kevin McBride 15 years ago.
    He said: “As soon as we started training I said ‘My Lord’. I didn’t know what to expect from a guy who hasn’t hit mitts for – I think – almost ten years.
    “So I didn’t expect to see what I saw – I saw a guy with the same speed, the same power as a guy who is 21, 22-years-old.

    Mike Tyson’s incredible bodyweight workout routine
    “And I can tell; you would have to be a good guy to spar with Mike, because if you don’t prepare, he is going to drop you for sure – 100%.
    “The power is different level.
    “I have trained a lot of heavyweights in my career, with not a lot of respect for everybody, but he is almost as powerful as Wanderlei Silva is right now.
    “When you talk about power, I held his right hook and thought ‘he is going to kill somebody’.”

    When is Tyson vs Jones Jr?
    The big fight is now set for Thanksgiving Weekend – Saturday, November 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
    The legends are set to eight rounds in the ring, with Youtube star Jake Paul and NBA star Nate Robinson confirmed for the undercard.
    BT Sport Box Office will be broadcasting the fight in the UK and will cost cost £19.95 to watch. More

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    Mike Tyson clash with Roy Jones Jr ‘breaks pre-fight PPV sales’ as boxer claims ‘numbers don’t lie, haters are mad’

    MIKE TYSON has hit back at ‘haters’ following reports of record PPV sales for his fight with Roy Jones Jr.
    The heavyweight legend steps back into the ring on Saturday night at the age of 54, to face his 51-year-old opponent.

    Mike Tyson steps back into the ring to face Roy Jones Jr this weekendCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Some have criticised the fight due to the fighters’ age and the fact that Tyson, in particular, has not boxed in over 15 years.
    But Iron Mike took to Twitter to slam his critics with a screenshot of a Yahoo! report on the fight’s financial success.
    He wrote: “Numbers don’t lie.
    “Haters are mad they can’t get numbers like this.

    “Saturday is reckoning. Roy Jones Jr you better be ready.”
    The report detailed how Tyson vs Jones Jr had broken pre-fight sales records for digital pay-per-view purchases.

    Over 300 crew members are working on delivering the behind-closed-doors event, which takes place in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
    A hefty undercard features YouTuber Jake Paul’s fight with former NBA star Nate Robinson and James DeGale’s former nemesis Badou Jack.

    Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Ne-Yo are among the musicians due to perform in between contests.
    Yet, critics include promoter Frank Warren, who has described the veterans’ showdown as ‘sad’.
    And UFC boss Dana White burst into laughter at a press conference when discussing the no-knockout rules of the fight.
    US companies Triller and FITE are handling the production and believe the holiday occasion, with the fight taking place over Thanksgiving, will provide a further sales boost.

    Michael Weber, COO for FITE, said: “FITE is excited to be a part of this pop cultural event with Triller’s Tyson vs. Jones fight.
    “Currently, our advance sales for this event will make this the most watched event in our five-year history of streaming live sporting events.
    “Our partners are also reporting advance sales that will put it on par with other top UFC and boxing events in the past few years.”

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    Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: Predictions from former rivals and pundits who make fight picks as legends return to ring

    ROY JONES JR goes into his fight against Mike Tyson as an underdog – according to those in the boxing business.
    The American – who started his career as a light-middleweight – is also the bookies outsider.

    He faces fellow legend Tyson in an eight-round exhibition on Saturday, and has been left with it all to do inside the ring.
    But Jones, 51, only retired in 2018, meaning what he lacks in size and power he could make up in with activity and form.
    Here SunSport runs down the predictions from fighters, promoters and trainers.
    Mike Tyson
    Iron Mike did not have too much to say on the fight – only warning it will be all-action.

    The 54-year-old told TMZ Sports: “Pain, baby, pain. A lot of pain.”
    Prediction: Violence

    Mike Tyson fights for the first time since retiring in 2005
    Evander Holyfield
    Holyfield twice beat Tyson and wants to face him for a third time after announcing he is also coming out of retirement.
    He is backing his old rival to beat Jones if he lands one of his trademark shots – but fears if he fails it will be a snooze fest.

    Holyfield, 58, told Teddy Atlas: “I think if Tyson catch him, he gonna hurt him. But if Tyson can’t catch him, it’s gonna be a lousy fight.”
    Prediction: Tyson… if he can land.

    Evander Holyfield twice beat Tyson and wants a third fightCredit: Reuters
    Danny Williams
    Williams scored one of the great British upsets in a boxing ring after he knocked out an out-of-sorts Iron Mike in 2004.
    But he still tips Tyson’s size and power to be too much for Jones.
    Williams, 47, said: “I think Roy is going to get seriously hurt. He is a natural middleweight.”
    Prediction: Tyson

    Brit Danny Williams upset Tyson in 2004 Credit: Reuters
    James ‘Buster’ Douglas
    Buster Douglas became the first man to beat Tyson, with his 1990 upset still considered one of the greatest shocks in boxing history.
    He came into the fight a 42/1 underdog – and he gives Jones even LESS chance of repeating his victory.
    Douglas, 60, told DJ Vlad: “I think he has a chance but it’s a slim chance. Slimmer than Buster Douglas.”
    Prediction: Tyson

    Buster Douglas in 1990 became the first man to ever beat TysonCredit: Reuters
    Amir Khan
    Khan revealed both were an inspiration to him in his career, but questioned why they are coming out of retirement.
    Still the former champion – who jumped from welterweight to middleweight in 2016 before being KO’d by Canelo – is backing the smaller man.
    Khan, 33, told Fight Hub: “I don’t know what’s made Mike and Roy fight each other. I mean, they might be friends, I don’t know.
    “But who’s going to win this fight? Roy Jones, in my opinion.”
    Prediction: Jones

    Amir Khan has predicted Tyson will lose against Jones
    Freddie Roach
    Legendary trainer Roach cornered Tyson towards the end of the heavyweight’s career.
    They still keep in touch now, and Roach has no doubt his friend will win by knockout.
    He told told Press Box: “I think Mike knocks Roy Jones out.
    “But I did warn Mike that he has to be careful of Roy’s left to the body. That’s the punch Roy used to knock out Virgil Hill.”
    Prediction: Tyson

    Legendary trainer Freddie Roach cornered Tyson towards the end of the heavyweight’s careerCredit: Rex Features
    Tyron Woodley
    Former UFC welterweight champion Woodley is another who has looked up to Tyson and Jones.
    As a result, he feels Iron Mike’s power over the eight rounds will prove too troubling.
    Woodley, 38, told Mike Swick: “I’ve studied them so much. I’ve watched so many films, so many fights with both of them.
    “I think if Mike Tyson touches anybody, they’re going down no matter how old he is. I just don’t see him not touching Roy at some point in the fight.”
    Prediction: Tyson

    Ex-UFC welterweight champion on Tyson’s podcast
    Jeff Mayweather
    Floyd Mayweather’s uncle – a trainer – runs his own boxing channel, often asking for predictions ahead of big fights.
    But in his own verdict, he tips Tyson to just edge out Jones.
    Mayweather said: “Overall, if I would have to bet my money, I would pick Tyson because I know he has the power.
    “And as big as he is, he has some tremendous hand speed.”
    Prediction: Tyson

    Floyd Mayweather’s uncle Jeff with Tyson
    Oscar De La Hoya
    De La Hoya works with Jones’ great rival Bernard Hopkins as they run Golden Boy Promotions.
    And the American – who wants to make a comeback of his own – is tipping Tyson to come out on top.
    De La Hoya, 47, said on Instagram: “I’m going to have to go with Tyson.
    “But it wouldn’t surprise me if Jones Jr pulls something off – like he always has in his career.”
    Prediction: Tyson

    Jake Paul
    The YouTuber faces ex-NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of Tyson’s comeback.
    And he predicts Iron Mike will win the night’s main-event.
    Paul, 23, told the Mayweather Boxing Channel: “I think uncle Mike’s going to take it home. But Roy Jones is looking dangerous too.
    “I think he’s (Tyson) is gonna stop him. Those punches look to vicious, I think round, fourth round he’s going to connect with one of those Mike Tyson’s uppercuts or hooks.”
    Prediction: Tyson

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    Who is Roy Jones Jr’s wife Natlyn Jones and does the boxing star have kids with her?

    ROY JONES JR hasn’t fought for over two years but he returns to the ring on November 28 when he faces Mike Tyson.
    The former world heavyweight champion had been called upon by Tyson’s team in the summer to take part in an exhibition bout.

    Natlyn met Jones Jr when they were just teenagersCredit: Getty Images

    And despite hanging the gloves up not too long ago, Jones Jr wants in on that ring feeling once again.
    And wife Natlyn and his three kids will be there every step of the way to watch along.
    Who is Natlyn Jones and how old is she?
    Natlyn was born on June 3, 1975 in Pensacola, Florida, where Jones Jr grew up too.
    Natlyn attended Florida State University and had aspirations of becoming a lawyer before falling head over heels for Jones Jr.

    The pair met in the early 2000s, before they began dating and got married. The exact timeline of events isn’t known.
    It’s thought the pair had a private ceremony, likely in Florida, where they tied the knot.
    Natlyn gave up her dream of becoming a lawyer, however, to be by Jones Jr’s side throughout his career and to raise their kids.

    Jones Jr and Natlyn have three kids together Credit: Rex Features
    How many kids do they have together?
    Natlyn and Jones Jr have three sons together, Roy III, DeShaun and DeAndre.

    She gave up her potential career as lawyer in order to help raise her three children with Jones Jr.
    In 2019, Natlyn launched her own boxing gym, She Warrior, in 2019, with the aim to empower women’s sport.
    Jones Jr’s wife also tried to get into boxing promoting at one point, but never pursued it seriously.

    What Natlyn has said about Jones Jr
    “Their daddy’s got a big heart,” Natlyn told Bleacher Report about their kids five years ago.
    “On the way up? After he won the heavyweight title? I’d guess 95 percent of people reaching out wanted something from him.
    “Now things have slowed down a little, but I’d still say 70 percent.
    “Everyone thinks how much easier life must get when your boat comes in, but there’s a lot of other stuff you have to be ready for too. Not all of it’s that easy to deal with.
    “But I guess going into marrying a professional athlete, you have to know what you’re marrying into. Not that I did.
    “I just couldn’t believe how nice he was, and, you know, you fall in love.” More

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    Ruiz Jr’s ex-trainer reveals secret to beating Anthony Joshua and admits he ‘lost control’ of boxer after historic win

    MANNY ROBLES has lifted the lid on the key to beating Anthony Joshua after masterminding Andy Ruiz Jr’s win against the British star in June 2019.
    The former trainer of the Mexican-American heavyweight – who floored the 2012 Olympic gold medallist four times – has stated that AJ must improve his defence.

    Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world when he beat Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden

    Ruiz Jr lacked the motivation in his rematch against AJ which resulted in him losing his world titles

    Speaking to Marc Gatford via the blog, Robles revealed where the 31-year-old is vulnerable.
    He said: “The right hand. If you time the right hand properly and jab to the chest, jab to the body and come over with the right hand, that’s where I feel Joshua is vulnerable.
    “You saw that in the (Alexander) Povetkin fight who landed the right hand. Most fighters that have been able to hurt Joshua – it’s been the right hand.
    “If you don’t work on keeping that left hand up, or getting away from the right hand, the same thing is going to continue to happen.

    “Got to work on that defence. Joshua is a great fighter, a great person but he’s vulnerable too, he’s human.
    “He’s not perfect, he makes mistakes. And we capitalised on those mistakes in June 2019.”
    Robles – who parted ways with Ruiz Jr in January after he slammed his professionalism following his defeat to Joshua last December – has claimed that he ‘lost control’ of the Destroyer ahead of the rematch.
    Addressing Ruiz Jr’s lack of motivation, he stated: “I had to put up with a lot, I had to endure a lot, it wasn’t fun.

    Ruiz Jr has teamed up with Eddy Reynoso after parting ways with Manny Robles
    “I did the best I could to get him to focus on the fight and keep him disciplined but unfortunately his mind was somewhere else.”
    Before adding: “He says he wasn’t motivated – you’re already a world champion, you’re rich, you’ve got money in the bank now.
    “What motivation do you want now? You’re not homeless anymore.
    “You buy yourself a mansion and you’re telling me you’re not motivated? You’re kidding me?
    “Unfortunately the dad had a lot to do with the situation ending. We lost control of Andy, so the dad decided to blame this on me.
    “He said I’m not doing my job, but I am not his dad. You’re his dad, you control him.

    “If you can’t control your own son, how do you expect me to control the guy?
    “Andy admitted after the fight he f***** up. He said he didn’t train properly and takes the blame’ – as he should. After that I don’t know what happened, he’s acting like he won the damn fight.”
    Ruiz Jr is now working with Saul Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso as he bids to become a two-time world champion.

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    Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce undercard: Who is fighting on big heavyweight bill this weekend?

    HEAVYWEIGHT stars Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce put their unbeaten records on the line this weekend.
    The Best of British clash sees ‘DDD’ go up against Olympic hero ‘Juggernaught’ in what could be a terrific encounter at Church House.

    Dubois is a terrific puncher and has a pro record of 15-0Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    Along with the main event, there’s a packed undercard on what should be a terrific night for homegrown fighters.
    Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce undercard
    Dubois heads into the contest with a perfect 15-0 record, with the 23-year-old taken the distance just ONCE in his career.
    Joyce meanwhile came into pro boxing later in life, but at 35 is a top competitor and boasts an 11-0 record.
    Hamzah Sheeraz defends his WBO European super-welterweight title in the co-main event, with the unbeaten Slough slugger up against Guido Nicolas Pitto.

    Shareef is making the third defence of his WBO European beltCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    While there’s also unbeaten favourite Jack Cattarall on the bill, with the super-lightweight talent from Chorley back in action on UK shores for the first time since April 2019.
    The full card gets underway at around 6pm on Saturday, November 28:
    Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce (WBC Silver heavyweight title, British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles)
    Hamzah Sheeraz vs Guido Nicolas Pitto (WBO European super-welterweight title)
    Jack Cattarall vs Abderrazak Houya (super lightweight)
    Loiue Lynn vs Paul Holt (featherweight)
    Jack Massey vs Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid (cruiserweight)
    David Adeleye vs Danny Whitaker (heavyweight)
    Joshua Frankham vs MJ Hall (super welterweight)
    Mitchell Barton (debut) vs Matt Gordon (heavyweight)

    How can I watch all the fights?
    Dubois vs Joyce will be shown live on BT Sport 1.
    Despite the event originally being billed as a pay-per-view, this is no longer the case.
    The action can be live streamed from the BT Sport app, so long as you enter your login details onto a smartphone or tablet device.
    You can watch Dubois vs Joyce for FREE, so long as you’re an EE customer.
    EE are allowing their customers to sign up to BT Sport’s three month FREE TRIAL, which you can sign up to HERE. More

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    Tyson vs Jones Jr: When is the weigh-in and how can I watch on TV or live stream?

    TWO boxing legends are almost ready to go to war as Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr draws nearer.
    We’re well into fight week ahead of the huge clash on Saturday night, with the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ returning to the ring for the first time since 2005.

    Tyson goes up against Roy Jones Jr on a packed cardCredit: EPA

    Before that first bell goes though the veteran pair have to face-off at the weigh-in, along with undercard stars Badou Jack and Jake Paul.
    When is Tyson vs Jones Jr weigh-in?
    Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
    You can catch all of the weigh-in on BT Sport 1.
    Coverage will begin at 10pm GMT and run for an hour.
    If you’re a BT Sport customer, grab the official app to stream on your mobile, tablet, PC or games console.

    While EE customers can watch for FREE – simply text SPORT to 150 and receive a three-month BT Sport trial.

    How can I watch the fight?
    BT Sport Box Office will be broadcasting the fight in the UK.
    The event will cost £19.95 to watch.
    Coverage begins at 8pm ET, which is midnight in UK. The undercard is set to start from 1am GMT.
    The social media site Triller will also be airing the PPV fight. More