It’s fight week! Arguably the greatest exhibition bout in boxing history is set to go down this Saturday when Mike Tyson faces Roy Jones, Jr. at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The card gets going at 9 p.m. ET and will air on televised PPV and via live online stream at TysononTriller.com. The card will cost $49.99.
This is Tyson’s first fight since a 2006 exhibition against Corey Sanders, and Jones’ first fight since winning a unanimous decision over Scott Sigmon in February 2018. The California State Athletic Commission has put some significant rules in place, including stopping the fight if either boxer stuffers a cut. While both boxers will be showing what remain of their skills, this will not be a truly competitive fight.
If you’re looking for some additional non-traditional fighting, the penultimate fight of the main card features YouTube star Jake Paul taking on retired basketball player Nate Robinson. Paul 1-0 as a pro after winning a single amateur fight. Robinson has never fought in a professional fight prior to this event.
Paul vs. Robinson might turn into an interesting fight, but given the lack of experience, expectations should be low. After that however, we get some real fighters competing. Badou Jack and Blake McKernan have fought a combined 41 times and will fight over eight rounds in a cruiserweight matchup. Viddal Riley and Rashad Coulter have a combined five fights, but Riley has a solid amateur career and Coulter has a 14-fight MMA career.
The undercard should be even more worthwhile. All three fights are for vacant United States National Boxing Council championships. The USNBC is an affiliate of the WBC, which is handling the scoring for this event.
Here’s your full card as fight night approaches.
Mike Tyson (50-6) vs. Roy Jones Jr. (66-9)
Jake Paul (1-0) vs. Nate Robinson (0-0)
Badou Jack (22-3-3) vs. Blake McKernan (13-0)
Viddal Riley (4-0) vs. Rashad Coulter (1-0)
Jamaine Ortiz (13-0) vs. Nahir Albright (8-1) — for vacant WBC USNBC Silver Lightweight title
Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (14-2) vs. Edward Vasquez (8-0) — for vacant WBC USNB Featherweight title
Juiseppe Cusumano (18-3) vs. Nick Jones (9-3) — for vacant WBC USNBC Heavyweight title