It’s fight month as Iron Mike Tyson takes on fellow legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. in what should be one of the most interesting boxing matches of the year. Even though both have lost a step or two, recent video of Mike and Roy training shows they each can hold their own. Forget about setting up the fight. We’ve spent the last couple of months doing that. Instead, let’s turn our attention to what could happen in the ring. Check out the top five ways Iron Mike could blow his chance at beating Roy Jones Jr. on November 28. That being said, let’s jump right into action so you can keep planning your bets against our Mike Tyson Odds for the upcoming fight.
Mike Tyson Can Blow it Versus Roy Jones Jr. These 5 Ways
- Charges in with no strategy
Towards the end of his career, Iron Mike didn’t fight with much of a strategy. He’d charge into his opponents and hope to land a punch. He rarely threw a jab to set up his power punches. If Iron Mike uses his late career strategy on November 28, things could get ugly in a hurry. A boxer charging in without a strategy can easily get hit.
- Doesn’t respect Roy’s power
Mike would make a huge mistake to think that Roy Jones Jr. is a boxer first and puncher second. Roy won 66 total fights during his career. If he were a boxer first, he’d have more wins via decision than knockout victories. That’s not the case because of Superman’s 66 wins 47 came via KO or TKO. Ryo may have enough power to knock out old man Mike with one or two punches.
- Forgets to bob and weave
Mike Tyson’s boxing issues occurred when he stopped bobbing and weaving to get into position for a massive power punch. If Tyson forgets to bob and weave on Nov. 28, Roy will just wait for Tyson to get in range and either land a one-two combination, or grab Mike and pull him close to his chest.
- Fights standing straight up
Tyson’s most effective in a crouched position. During his hey-day, he was one of the few fighters that could explode power punches, including left hooks, from a crouch. Mike learned the technique from watching Jack Dempsey. Sure, Tyson isn’t as flexible as he used to be. But he fights an opponent who isn’t nearly as fast as he used to be. Even a half-crouch will help Tyson beat Roy more than standing straight up.
- Relies too much on power and not enough on setting up his shots
Perhaps Iron Mike’s biggest mistake during his career was relying too heavily on his power shots. It doesn’t appears as if Mike has lost much speed after seeing his training video leading up to this fight. He should use that speed, throw punches that he knows won’t land, to force Jones to commit to a defensive parry or to move to where Tyson can land bigger shots. Relying too much on power has destroyed more than one champion’s chances at winning a bout.
Mike Tyson won’t necessarily lose if he does all five of the things listed here. If he stays away from all five, though, he should be on his way to a victory, or at least make things difficult for Roy Jones Jr.
Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr. – Frontline Battle Stats
Roy Jones Jr.
|Nickname||Iron Mike||Captain Hook|
|Hometown||New York City, New York, U.S.||Pensacola, Florida, U.S.|
|Pre-fight record||50–6 (44 KOs)||66–9 (47 KOs)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Recognition||Former undisputed heavyweight champion||Former IBF middleweight, IBF super middleweight, undisputed light heavyweight, and WBA heavyweight champion|