Mike Tyson-Roy Jones exhibition in jeopardy again?
The proposed eight round exhibition between former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion legend, Mike Tyson and former three division World Champ, Roy Jones Jr., has already been delayed from September into next month. Now, there are developments calling in to question as to whether the bout will happen at all?
First, a Tuesday morning social media post by RingTV.com’s Ryan O’Hara gave us the latest clue that the proposed exhibition fight could be moving locations:
It’s also my understanding that there is an ongoing effort to move Tyson-Jones from California to Texas or Florida. #boxing
— Ryan O'Hara (@OHaraSports) October 27, 2020
Intially, Tyson and Jones agreed to this eight round fight, apparently with extra protective 12 oz. gloves, but without out head gear to be at the Dignity Healthy Sports Complex in Carson, CA in late September.
Further, California Athletic Commission Executive Director, Andy Foster, confirmed the sanctioning of the exhibition, but that there would extensive safety precautions taken and basically, alluded to Tyson and Jones not being able to significantly hurt each other as part of the “fight” agreement.
In the press release for the bout, Tyson announced the formation of a “Legends Only League” that would hold many such bouts in the future. And that “the fight” between he and Jones would be streamed on a newly created “Triller” streaming service/app.
However, a source familiar with the exhibition TV talks told Big Fight Weekend in late August that one of the biggest concerns about putting it on with the 54 year old former Undisputed Heavyweight Champ, Tyson, and the 51 year old former three division World Champ, Jones, on Pay-Per-View, was that without any fans for live gate revenue it stood to lose significant money.
So, the bout was pushed back to November 28th to “buy time” to see if some fans could attend, etc. Otherwise, all involved might reconsider and walk away from the exhibition altogether.
And, this “meshes” with O’Hara’s report that organizers are considering moving it to Texas or Florida, where some fans can be socially distanced and attend.
That’s exactly what Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime did with moving Saturday night’s Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz World Lightweight Title PPV from the “PBC bubble” in the Mohegan Sun Casiino in Connecticut to the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
It is believed that at least 10,000 fans will attend in the 45,000 football dome generating a seven figure live gate for Davis-Santa Cruz.
Tyson, who defended part of or the Undisputed Heavyweight Title 9 times, hasn’t fought professionally in 15 years finishing with a 50-6 career record.
Jones, who is three years younger, was actually in the ring two years ago winning a decision in his hometown of Pensacola, FL over Scott Sigmon in a Cruiserweight fight at age 49. The former Middleweight, Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champ is 66-9 all time.
With all that’s laid out above, it’s still debatable about whether Tyson-Jones are still serious about the fight taking place due to the financial obstacles? And, the clearest indication that they want it to continue is if there’s confirmation that it will move locations or not.