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‘I’m in the Best Shape’ Mike Tyson Says Ahead of Fight with Roy Jones Jr.

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*London — Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers won a World Series in Texas and the Los Angeles Lakers just won an NBA title in Florida, Brooklyn’s Mike Tyson will soon fight what may be his final match in Los Angeles.

Former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. vowed at an official press conference recently, ahead of their November 28 fight in Los Angeles, that both men are training as hard as they did in their primes for their upcoming match.

“I looked at film of Roy when he was at his best because that’s the guy I anticipate fighting,” Tyson said. “I’m in the best shape. I boxed seven rounds so far, and it keeps improving. I’m boxing younger guys and hungry guys, and it’s showing me that, from the looks of things, I’m doing really well.”

Tyson also stressed that he has spared as much as seven full rounds against younger opponents in his training camp for this contest.

“I am the only boss,” he said, referring to his sparring partners. “If you don’t kick my ass, you’re fired. Everyone’s doing their best and if you are not doing your best, you got to go home.”

“I usually judge it how I feel that night,” he said. Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson waves to fans as he arrives in Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands on November 18, 2005. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Tyson also appeared disappointed about the shortened two-minute rounds for this fight, as did Roy Jones, Jr.  Professional men’s boxing uses three-minute rounds. Women’s fights use two-minute rounds. Some fights involving senior fighters or certain exhibitions may also use one-minute rounds.

This fight will be contested over eight two-minute rounds as per the rules of the California State Athletic Commission. Both men stressed the smaller, 12-ounce gloves  and lack of headgear as part of the reason that, from their perspective, this is no exhibition. The winner will be awarded a “Frontline Battle” Belt by the World Boxing Council.

While age may not have softened their desire to win, both men seemed to take a humbler approach when describing his new opponent. Tyson offered that he had turned down offers to face 47-year-old MMA legend and former NFL player Bob Sapp and 48-year-old title contender Shannon Briggs before finding a worthy challenge in Roy Jones, Jr.  Tyson also confirmed rumors that the two had once discussed a potential fight in 2003 at a face-to-face meeting in Texas.

Jones offered similar praise of Tyson as one of boxing’s hardest punchers. Jones described the fight as “bucket list” material.

“Everywhere I go in life, young kids always ask me if I ever fought Mike Tyson. And now I’ll be able to say, Yes I did.’”

Triller will live the stream the match on its streaming service and the fight will be available around the globe on a variety of pay-per-view platforms. The organizers also used the press conference to announce the fight will take place at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, the nominal home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Lakers won an NBA championship without the use of their home court.  Due to the novel coronavirus, the event had not had a live sports event since early March when the Los Angeles King’a played there.

As things stand, the venue will not admit fans, but, the staging of the event in such a prestigious venue may pave the way for fans later if the conditions improve. The fight had previously been scheduled for an outdoor venue in nearby Carson, CA. No reason for the change in venue was announced, leading to speculation that the change could allow live fans to return,  albeit wearing a facemask.

Tyson last boxed in a 2006 exhibition fight against Corrie Sanders. Roy Jones, Jr. last boxed in 2018, when he won a fringe German cruiserweight title against Scott Sigmon. While Tyson has pledged to stage more bouts following this one, Roy Jones, Jr. was coyer.

“I usually judge it how I feel that night,” he said.

(Edited by Matt Rasnic and Jason Reed)



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Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Messy Black Folks for Mocking Nate Robinson

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*Retired former boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has called out messy Black folks for mocking NBA veteran Nate Robinson.

Robinson was knocked out in his professional boxing debut on Saturday night by YouTuber Jake Paul. The match occurred at Staples Center in Los Angeles just before the Mike TysonRoy Jones Jr. exhibition on Saturday. 

Robinson took a hit so hard that he is now the center of jokes and mockery on social media. As a former boxer, Mayweather is not down with people taking aim Robinson, and he made his feelings clear in a post on Instagram.

“Nate, I’m proud of you and I will always stand behind all my brothers,” Mayweather wrote. “I will never kick my brother when he’s down.” Check out his full post below.

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“It’s ok for people to voice their opinions on social media, but no black athletes or black entertainers, especially black NBA players should make a mockery out of you. We are supposed to all stand with each other through the good, bad and ugly. I’m here to uplift you and let you know we all love you and congratulate you for just making an effort,” Mayweather sontinued. “SIDENOTE: The times I’ve had issues with another brother is when they came at me first. I was just defending myself.”

Watch Robinson’s knock-out moment via the Twitter video below:

Shortly after the fight, Robinson took to Instagram to share an update on his health.

“Thank you, everyone, for all of the well wishes, I’m OK,” the 36-year-old wrote. “I appreciate @triller for the opportunity as well as everyone that has backed me during the fight. To my coaches, trainers, fans, and teammates, I appreciate all of the time and support you guys put in with me…

“It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage that there has been.”

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Why Snoop Dogg Clearly Won the Roy Jones Jr./Mike Tyson Fight (Watch)

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*Although Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. were billed as the main attraction in their highly-anticipated, past-their-primes exhibition fight Saturday night, it was Snoop Dogg who emerged as the undisputed champion after the bout, with social media giving his hilarious commentary the belt.

“This s–t is like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue.” was one of his more popular themes of the night.

He also added color to the far more entertaining Jake Paul/Nate Robinson undercard. When Paul knocked Robinson to the ground, Snoop said, “Oh, my God, Lord have mercy! Oh, Jesus!,” then began singing “Precious Lord” as Robinson stumbled around the ring, trying to regain his composure.

Watch the Jones/Tyson fight and highlights of the Robinson knockout with Snoop’s commentary below, followed by reaction on social media:

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Ayesha Posts Positive Note to Nate – But Steph & Other NBAers Throw More Hits Via Twitter

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*Poor, poor Nate Robinson. Even though he got KDFO(!) last night by YouTuber Jake Paul, he’s still taking hits. Po’ thang.

Those additional hits started immediately for the former Knicks star Saturday night as he became Twitter’s punching bag, with Steph Curry and wife Ayesha chiming in.

“Gonna shock the world bro,” Robinson said in a previous tweet, to which the Warriors superstar joked after the fight, “I see no lies.”

Curry, fresh off The Match 3 with Peyton Manning, Charles Barkley, and Phil Mickelson, also added, “Be ok Nate……come on man.”

Curry’s wife Ayesha also commended Robinson for stepping out of his comfort zone despite the result.

“Don’t care about the KO, I just think it’s cool to see someone trying something new and stepping out of their comfort zone. That’s dope and inspiring. You don’t have to just be one thing. I never want to live a life where I look back and say I didn’t try something I wanted,” she posted.

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Along with Steph and Ayesha, other pro athletes decided to weigh in on Robinson’s disastrous night in the ring.

“NIGHT NIGHT,” Joel Embiid tweeted.

“Jake Paul tho,” JR Smith penned.

“That was no representation of the NBA family lol,” Nick Young wrote.

Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks also quipped about tossing his hat into the ring next.

“Jeeezzzz 😳 maybe I should take on @jakepaul next,” Kane tweeted.

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