By Aaron Fox: Introduced right this moment is BT Sport Field Workplace pay-per-view shall be displaying the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr exhibition combat on November 28th on the Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California. The worth for the Tyson-Jones Jr occasion has but to be decided.
The World Boxing Council made information this week with them creating a brand new belt referred to as the ‘WBC Frontline Battle’ title for Tyson and Jones to combat over on November 28th. It’s unknown if the winner of the Tyson-Jones combat will defend the Frontline Battle belt in future exhibition matches or if this was only a one-off.
It could be a good suggestion for BT Sport to not worth the Tyson vs. Roy Jones combat at too excessive of a quantity, as there are plenty of boxing followers that don’t like the concept of paying to see an exhibition match between two ex-fighters, who’re each half a century outdated.
If the Jones-Tyson combat brings in poor PPV numbers, the promoters will know to not worth the occasions too excessive. In spite of everything, we’re nonetheless in the midst of the pandemic with many boxing followers unemployed or underemployed.
Unhealthy timing for an additional PPV occasion
The financial system isn’t booming sufficient for lots of followers to afford to pay to see an exhibition combat between two older fighters, who haven’t fought in ages.
There’s curiosity from individuals in seeing former IBF/WBA/WBC heavyweight world champion ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) combat once more, however not going sufficient for them to pay $50+. His opponent, 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr (66-9, 47 KOs), hasn’t been retired lengthy sufficient for there to be a substantial amount of curiosity in paying to look at him combat.
Jones final fought in 2018 in beating journeyman Scott Sigmon, and his profession has been limping alongside since 2004. That’s arguably when Roy ought to have retired from boxing following his second-round knockout loss to Antonio Tarver.
For the reason that loss toTarver, Jones has been overwhelmed by these fighters:
- Glen Johnson
- Antonio Tarver – trilogy
- Denis Lebedev
- Danny Inexperienced
- Joe Calzaghe
- Enzo Maccarinelli
- Bernard Hopkins
Tyson vs. Jones undercard skinny on expertise
On the undercard, Youtube star Jake Paul and Nate Robinson, an NBA participant, shall be preventing, in addition to former two-division world champion Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan.
Additionally on the cardboard, cruiserweight Viddal Riley battles Rashad Coulter. The hardcore boxing followers shall be extra aware of Badou Jack than any of the opposite names on the undercard, however Youtuber Jake Paul is anticipated to herald plenty of his followers from Youtube, who aren’t boxing followers.
Including Paul to the cardboard will doubtlessly herald plenty of viewers, however they clearly received’t be watching to see the primary occasion between the 2 50+ year-old former world champions Tyson and Jones.
Most of the followers have seen both of these fighters earlier than. Certainly, Tyson’s profession ended earlier than most of the Jake Paul followers have been born again in 2005.
You’ll be able to argue that the organizers of the Tyson vs. Jones card would do higher in the event that they took a brush and swept out the entire undercard fighters and began from scratch.
All the cash that the promoters are placing into the present undercard for the Tyson-Jones even could be higher spent in the event that they only one first rate combat on the cardboard involving gifted contenders.
So as a substitute of seeing Youtuber Jake Paul vs. NBA participant Nate Robinson, boxing followers want to see somebody related to the game like Errol Spence, Shawn Porter, or Keith Thurman. A kind of guys preventing a prime contender.