Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Live Updates and Results


Here’s what you need to know:

Since this is technically an exhibition there isn’t supposed to be a knockout, but Tyson threw a couple of punches midway through the round that had lights out intent. They just missed Jones.

Besides that, a lot of clenching. Jones landed one clean shot near the end of the round.

Tyson looks fresher. He landed a right hand to the body early, and several left hooks upstairs as the round progressed.

Jones is still clinching, still looking to force Tyson to carry his weight, but Jones is fading fast.

Between rounds he slumped in his corner, grimacing and breathing heavily while his cornermen doused him with water.

More of the same: Any time Tyson got close, Jones wrapped him up as quickly as possible, even being warned by the referee at one point.

Jones showed a bit of an attacking strategy, trying to catch Tyson surprised with unconventional footwork and a quick jab or two, but it didn’t particularly work.

When he wasn’t being grabbed, Tyson landed a couple of right-handed hammers to the body.

Jones is deep into his game plan for this fight: lean on Tyson, walk him back if possible, and make him tired. A solid strategy if you’re fighting a 54-year-old, but not quite as foolproof if you’re 51, as Jones is.

Tyson threw the heavier blows. Jones threw the faster punches. Neither fighter landed many clean shots.

Lots of heavy breathing though.

Tyson opened the second round by immediately exploding into Jones, with Jones quickly grabbing him to slow things down, much like the first round.

Tyson landed the biggest shot of the night so far 30 seconds into the round, a strong left to Jones’s face.

There was a bit of extracurricular activity after the bell, and for a second it looked like there was some animosity. But then the fighters remembered it was an exhibition and hugged each other.

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Tyson started fast, bobbing, weaving, jabbing, hooking, and missing.

Jones started quickly, too — moving feinting, jabbing, and missing.

Eventually the two faded fighters fell into a clinch, one of several that defined the first round.

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Mike Tyson

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Roy Jones Jr.

Nate Robinson got absolutely dominated by Jake Paul, getting knocked down three times en route to his knockout loss. Robinson’s former teammates and opponents in the N.B.A. all seemed to tune in.

Nick Young was disappointed:

Stephen Curry was concerned …

… while Andre Iguodala replied to him with a “Friday” reference.

Bradley Beal got dragged into a meme:

And Markieff Morris had the wisest tweet of the night:

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Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night? The production value of the stream is actually pretty good.

Even with a $49.99 pay-per-view price, an event on Fite TV sponsored by Triller and Weedmaps doesn’t necessarily scream professional. The quality of a phone pointed at a television screen would not have been too unexpected.

But these fights actually look great. There is a lighting grid right above the ring — which probably wouldn’t work outside of the pandemic because it would block the view of fans — that is shining directly onto the fighters. All other lights are off, giving the fights a cinematic feel, like a better version of how the Barclays Center is lit for Brooklyn Nets games.

The camera work is also quite different from normal. The main camera seems to be both lower and closer than usual, and it is never still, slowly panning as if it is being shot by a drone. There are no camera operators on the posts, but additional cameras are on jibs for close-up and alternate angles.

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Most professional sporting events this summer and fall suffered from being played in cavernous venues that often felt lifeless without fans. But this feels like something completely different, a production wholly conceived of during the pandemic that takes advantage of no fans rather than suffers for it.

Boxing purists might not like it. The moving camera may cause queasiness. The look wouldn’t be out of place in a boxing video game. But at least it is different and interesting.

The former Knicks basketball player Nate Robinson entered the fight with a stark speed advantage over the YouTube star Jake Paul, and Robinson showed it off repeatedly, sprinting across the ring throwing wild punches before falling into a clinch. When the referee would separate the two novice fighters — combined pro boxing experience: one bout — Robinson would back off and then run in again.

And again.

And again.

Paul isn’t a craftsman, but he has spent the last year training with boxers, including Floyd Mayweather protégé J’Leon Love. So even if he’ll never contend for a title, or even beat a full-time boxer, he’s boxed enough to recognize a pattern.

So late in Round 1, when Robinson rushed straight in, Paul clipped him with a right hand to the back of the head for the fight’s first knockdown.

In the second, Robinson still hadn’t varied his tactics, so Paul had no reason to do anything besides try to time him with a big right hand.

And it happened.

Twice.

The first one dropped Robinson, but the 37-year-old beat the referee’s count.

The second one deposited Robinson flat on his face, midway through the second round, ending the fight, and sparing us four more rounds of rushing, clinching and mauling.

Knockout

Jake Paul

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Nate Robinson

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The California State Athletic Commission, which regulates all fights in the state, has been down this road before. Last year, about this time, the agency sanctioned a fight between Logan Paul and KSI, two YouTube stars who had fought once before, in London. Calling them amateur fighters is both accurate and insulting to real amateur fighters who train and fight for years.

But deciding whether or not to permit a bout between two YouTubers wasn’t particularly difficult. As Andy Foster, the executive officer of the commission, explained it, the basic goal is to make sure all fights are safe, allowing for the fact that the two fighters are trying to pummel each other in the face. Two physically matched, mostly unskilled YouTube stars is a safe, even match, even if it doesn’t sound particularly compelling.

By that token, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., both in their 50s and former professional fighters who know exactly what they are doing are, well, professionals.

Record-wise, the fight will not count; it is considered an exhibition. But every other fight will, including the one between Nate Robinson, the former N.B.A. player, and Jake Paul, the YouTube star and brother of the aforementioned Logan Paul.

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Jake Paul

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Nate Robinson

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Late in Round 1, 33-year-old prospect Blake McKernan landed a right hand to Badou Jack’s head, the kind of clean punch that wins the Sacramento, Calif., native respect and room to operate when he’s fighting the kind of guys that fill out his 13-0 record.

But Jack isn’t a journeyman like Alfredo Contreras or Miguel Cubos. He’s a former world champ at 168 and 175 pounds, and he absorbed the shot without blinking, which made sense. That punch was McKernan’s only connection in the opening round. Jack landed 16 times.

The remaining seven rounds were only marginally more competitive.

Jack stalked McKernan and landed every variety of punch — jabs, right hands, lefts and rights to the body. McKernan retreated and chose his spots to counterattack, but Jack overwhelmed him.

Every judge scored every round for Jack, who improved to 23-3-3, and now hopes for another title fight against Jean Pascal, who defeated him last December. McKernan left the bout with his first loss and a hematoma above his right eye.

Unanimous Decision

Badou Jack

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Blake McKernan

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Midway through his victory over rugged lightweight Sulaiman Segawa, 24-year-old Jamaine Ortiz boasted roughly 5,700 Instagram followers.

By the time Ortiz finished off Segawa to seal a seventh-round technical knockout victory, that figure had jumped by more than 1,000. And by the time rappers French Montana and Swae Lee launched into their post-fight medley, Ortiz’ Instagram following had cracked five figures.

By that metric, Ortiz, a smooth switch-hitter who improved his record to 14-0, recorded one of the biggest wins of the evening, captivating casual fans and drive-by viewers with his performance and converting them into fans of his own.

Anybody wondering whether this card would feature real fights should thank the matchmakers, because Ortiz-Segawa was as competitive and fast-paced and violent and skilled as the featherweight bout preceding it.

Segawa, a southpaw slugger who fights out of Silver Spring, Md., actually outlanded Ortiz 129-121, but Ortiz connected on the bout’s definitive blow — a left hook to the rib cage that dropped Segawa to a knee. He beat the count, but Ortiz unloaded a series of shots, prompting referee Ray Corona to stop the fight.

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Badou Jack

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Blake McKernan

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Even among the surreal and larger-than-life characters that have populated the boxing world over the years, Mike Tyson stands out. Might the closest comparison be one of the greatest soccer players ever, and Tyson’s friend, the recently passed Diego Maradona?

“The Hand of God, Maradona has left us,” Tyson tweeted on Wednesday. “In 86 we both won our championships. They use to compare the two of us. He was one of my hero’s and a friend. I respected him so much. He will be greatly missed.”

Tyson made an appearance on the Argentine talk show Maradona hosted in the mid-2000s, where he compared their upbringings. “The important thing is that people like us, who come from the same place we do, have always fought to get where we are,” he told Maradona.

Both Tyson and Maradona were athletically gifted, both have suffered from personal demons and both spent about as many years remembered as a punchline as they were remembered for their athletic prowess.

Maradona mostly harmed himself — he was addicted to cocaine and abused alcohol — but he also was accused of domestic abuse and said to have associations with organized crime. Tyson often harmed others outside of the ring, and was sentenced to prison for rape.

After appearing on Maradona’s talk show in 2005, Tyson traveled to Brazil to face charges that he assaulted a cameraman. He arrived at the courthouse in Sao Paulo wearing a signed jersey Maradona gave him — a national team jersey for Argentina.

Knockout

Jamaine Ortiz

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Sulaiman Segawa

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Jamaine Ortiz

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Sulaiman Segawa

We learned some things in the opening bout between Irvin Gonzalez Jr. and Edward Vasquez:

The ring for tonight’s fight card is small, which makes sense given that the combined age of the main event’s combatants is 105. Neither 54-year-old Mike Tyson nor 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. will need or even want much room to maneuver. At their ages, the less moving the better.

The tiny ring also suited the featherweights Gonzalez and Vasquez, who spent eight rounds pounding each other from close range in the evening’s opening bout. The taller Gonzalez had a reach advantage, but he didn’t use it. The shorter Vasquez accepted the opportunity to fight chest-to-chest.

Both men were busy — they each threw 545 punches over eight rounds — but Vasquez, a 25-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas, landed the more convincing blows, and swayed two of the three judges to win a split decision. Vasquez improves his record to 9-0, while the 24-year-old Gonzalez falls to 14-3.

Split Decision

Edward Vasquez

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Irvin Gonzalez Jr.

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Will politics make an appearance tonight? That probably depends upon whether President Trump — who attended the U.F.C. fight of a supporter last year — tunes in and tweets about it. Like many things in 2020, this fight has a surprising number of connections, and some bizarre ones, to the president.

Many of Mike Tyson’s fights in the mid-1980s took place at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., and Trump promoted the 1988 fight in which Tyson famously knocked out Michael Spinks in the first round. In 2015, Tyson endorsed Trump during the Republican primary.

Endorsed, but did not vote for, because Tyson voted for the first time earlier this month. Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years in prison, and in most states felons cannot vote. But a Nevada law passed last year restores voting rights to felons upon their release. Tyson has not said who he voted for in this election.

If you are tired of hearing about Russia, well, sorry. Roy Jones Jr. became a Russian citizen five years ago, after a personal appeal to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, during a meeting over tea. Jones, who was born in Florida, has said Putin is “misunderstood” and that he is a “man’s man.”

Yes, this fight has explicit Trump and Russia connections.

A number of the rappers performing, or who were supposed to perform, before the fight have expressed strong feelings about Trump.

Lil Wayne seemingly endorsed the president in October as part of a wave of rappers meeting with the president, enduring a wave of backlash from fans. But he won’t perform even though his appearance has been promoted for weeks. Organizers replaced him on the fight event’s website with the rapper Saint Jhn and Snoop Dogg without explanation. Snoop Dogg called Trump a “punk” over the summer and said he would vote against him.

Meanwhile, French Montana has criticized Kanye West’s support of Trump, DaBaby profanely reacted to a Trump campaign solicitation for money and one of YG’s popular songs is titled “FDT” — we’ll let you Google that one on your own.



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