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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Odds Analysis And Prediction

Older photos of Mike Tyson with three championships and Roy Jones Jr. with four

Insert the gif of Robin Williams in Jumanji, asking “what year is it?”.

No, this title is not clickbait, it is a done deal that Mike Tyson, “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” will be taking on “Captain Hook” Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition bout in California. The fight was supposed to take place in September but has been postponed until November 28.

Online sportsbook Bovada released the betting odds for these two iconic champions with Jones opening as the -135 favorite and Tyson firing back as a -105 underdog. It didn’t take long for the line to flip, though, as Iron Mike is now the -175 fave with Jones the +135 dog.

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Mike Tyson-175
Roy Jones Jr.+135

Odds as of September 11 at Bovada

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Tyson vs Jones Odds Analysis

There has been much excitement during the COVID-19 pandemic with Iron Mike’s training videos, showing off his tremendous head movement and powerful hands.

Boxing fans were abuzz for a comeback bout, the Evander Holyfield trilogy was floated and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz even offered to step in for this fight, but it is the legend Roy Jones Jr. who will entertain the fans.

Looking back at Tyson’s historical betting odds, his odds of -175 are intriguing as he was only an underdog to Lennox Lewis (+175) in 2002 and his next shortest odds were -200 in the rematch with Holyfield in the infamous ear-biting incident. That said, the former undisputed champ hasn’t been in action in 15 years and is now the ripe age of 54. Additionally, he hasn’t scored a victory since February 2003, when he made short work of Clifford Etienne with a first-round knockout.

As devastating and exciting as Tyson was in the late ’80s into the ‘90s, it was Jones who was named the boxer of the decade for the 1990s. The former light heavyweight king hasn’t been out of action as long as Tyson, having had his last bout in 2018, scoring a unanimous-decision win over Scott Sigmon to close out his career on a four-fight winning streak.

How Will This Fight Play Out?

It’s hard to determine how this fight will go down. It will be an exhibition match with perhaps 12-ounce gloves as it’s unlikely that these two are going to be headhunting looking for a devastating knockout. Of course, you would have to give the speed advantage to Roy Jones Jr., being the smaller man and having been active just two years ago.

That said, the showboating antics that Captain Hook uses in the ring represent a dangerous game to play with a power puncher like Tyson. Jones likes to keep his hands low and then uses his outstanding lateral movement to create angles and land his accurate power hooks. Meanwhile, we can anticipate that Iron Mike will look to close the distance and land some heavy hooks of his own all while not allowing Jones to dance out of the way of danger.

The big question will be how serious and how competitive this fight will be. If it’s nothing more than a glorified sparring session, I would have to lean toward Jones getting the win by having room to breathe, use his footwork and try to outpoint Tyson. However, if the tempo does pick up and the two champs look to exchange hands and go blow for blow, the needle moves toward Tyson because he’s so dangerous in tight range. Fun fight, wish we had seen it about 15 years ago but here we are.

Prediction: Roy Jones Jr. (+135) by decision