Mike Tyson showed age has not robbed him of his power as the former heavyweight champion, in his long-awaited return to the ring, dominated Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight on Saturday in Los Angeles that was surprisingly ruled a draw.
Boxing: Tyson vs Roy Jones JrNov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) exits the ring after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports Joe Scarnici (USA TODAY Sports)
While there were no ringside judges to score the eight-round contest between two of boxing’s all-time greats, both over 50, and no official winner, the World Boxing Council formed a set of judges that remotely scored the bout.
“I’m used to doing it for three minutes,” 54-year-old Tyson said of the shorter rounds. “Sometimes, that two minutes felt like three minutes. I’m happy I got this under my belt to keep doing this and go further.”
‘Iron’ Mike also confessed to smoking a joint ahead of the Staples Centre fight in the press conference stating: “Of course I smoked marijuana before the bout, I smoke it everyday and have never stopped doing so.
The 54-year-old has been selling cannabis products since 2016 in a California business dubbed the ‘Tyson Ranch’ which has reportedly seen the boxing great earn $500,000 per month.
Tyson stated upon being asked about a pre-fight puff: “Absolutely, yes, I can’t stop smoking,” he said. “I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I’m sorry. I’m a smoker. … I smoke everyday. I never stopped smoking.”