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Boxing: Mike Tyson Return and Betting Odds

Mike Tyson poses in a photoshoot

The COVID-19 pandemic has people acting crazy during self-quarantine as some attempt to entertain themselves while others look to bring joy to others. At this point, I’m not sure which side of things that “Iron” Mike Tyson stands on but the recent viral video of him hitting mitts has the world set for a return.

As you can see, the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion still has tremendous speed and power that sends shivers down your spine. It also got promoters excited at the possibility of seeing Tyson in action once again. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president David Feldman reportedly offered the knockout artist a cool $20 million to compete in their promotion.

Tyson reportedly declined the cash to fight in BKFC but has agreed to have an eight-round exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr. The match was set to take place in September but has been pushed back to November 28 in hopes of bringing in more revenue.

Online sportsbook Bovada released odds for this fight with Tyson opening as the -105 underdog and Jones coming back as a -135 favorite. However, within 30 minutes, money poured in on Iron Mike and shifted the line to make him the -175 favorite. For more on this fight, see my odds analysis and prediction page

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Betting Odds
Mike Tyson-170
Roy Jones Jr.+130

Odds as of August 10 at Bovada

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Mike Tyson Is Set To Return

Not long ago, Iron Mike was on Joe Rogan’s JRE Experience Podcast and he remarked that he didn’t want to fight again and in fact didn’t even want to hold mitts because it brought out a dark side in him.

Shortly after, Tyson was seen showing some fantastic head movement and elusiveness against UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou. That was followed by the video off the top, with Mike hitting mitts with Rafael Cordeiro, the head coach of Kings MMA in California, and a return appeared to be on the horizon.

Now, The Baddest Man on the Planet has accepted that exhibition match with Roy Jones Jr. in which the two will likely wear 12-ounce gloves. There were other names suggested to be Tyson’s comeback fight such as Tito Ortiz, Shannon Briggs and even the trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield.

Mike Tyson Betting Odds History

A quick scan of Mike Tyson’s betting history and you will see that the lone time he was an underdog since he beat Larry Holmes came in his 2002 bout with Lennox Lewis. Surprisingly, he did open as a slight -105 underdog for his upcoming bout with Roy Jones Jr., though the betting community wasted no time buying him up to a -170 favorite.

Mike Tyson fight Odds & Results
N/ARoy Jones Jr.-170N/AN/AN/A
LossKevin McBride-800RTD63:00
LossDanny Williams-1400KO42:51
WinClifford Etienne-900KO10:49
LossLennox Lewis+175KO82:25
WinBrian NielsenN/ARTD63:00
NCAndrew Golota-375RTD33:00
WinLou SavareseN/ATKO10:38
WinJulius Francis-1600TKO21:03
NCOrlin Norris-1200DQ13:00
WinFrancois BothaN/AKO52:59
LossEvander Holyfield-200DQ33:00
LossEvander Holyfield-1800TKO110:37
WinBruce Seldon-2200TKO11:49
WinFrank Bruno-400TKO30:50
WinBuster Mathis Jr.-2500KO32:32
WinPeter McNeeley-2200DQ11:29
WinDonovan Ruddock-400UD123:00
WinDonovan Ruddock-500TKO72:22
WinAlex Stewart-950TKO12:27
WinHenry Tillman-2500KO12:47
LossBuster Douglas-4300KO101:22
WinCarl Williams-2000TKO11:33
WinFrank Bruno-750TKO52:55
WinMichael Spinks-400KO11:31
WinTony Tubbs-1400TKO22:54
WinLarry Holmes-800KO42:55