Although most people will watch the Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr. fight on November 28 simply because it’s Tyson versus Jones, boxing historians and old school fans will watch the battle with an eye on each fighter’s style. Per more than one boxing trainer, styles make fights. The statement means that above anything else a fighter’s style can determine whether or not that boxer loses the match.
In the case of Jones Jr. versus Tyson, the statement will be on display for sure. It’s difficult to imagine two fighters with different styles facing off in the ring. Check out both fighter’s current styles before we get to how the clash of pugilist approaches could determine how entertaining the brawl should be. Let’s jump right into action so you can keep placing your bets against their Mike Tyson Odds.
Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr. – Do Styles Really Make Fights?
Roy “Superman” Jones Jr.’s fighting style
Roy Jones Jr.’s last fight against Scott Sigmon showed that he’s still got some skills. The fight happened just two years ago in 2018. Superman didn’t have a different style in that fight than he had in any other.
Although Jones Jr. no longer has the blistering speed that he displayed in his legendary career, he fights with both hands forward to parry punches. He also brings his opponent into his chest when his opponent charges after him. Superman uses an old trick from Muhammad Ali, putting your hand behind the head of your opponent in the clinch, to ensure your opponent doesn’t have room to throw a power punch.
Mike Tyson’s fighting style
Tyson’s last fight was in 2005 against Kevin McBride. We can throw that fight out the window because Iron Mike has since stopped drinking, taking drugs, and has become a Vegan. Tyson’s style in the McBride fight shouldn’t change to what he brings to the ring on November 28, though.
Iron Mike explodes power punches from his base. He tries, although he was unsuccessful against McBride, to throw from a crouched position. When Mike’s body is right, when he’s got his weight on the side where the punch comes from, it’s one of the most devastating punches in boxing history.
On November 28, Roy will try to maintain distance, Tyson will crouch and throw
Roy Jones will employ his usual style on November 28. He’ll try to maintain his distance. If Tyson gets closer to him, Superman will attempt to pull Iron Mike into his chest.
Mike will attempt to bob and weave his way while in a crouched position so that he can throw power punches from that position. It’s doubtful Tyson will use his jab. Jones is too good at parrying the jab.
Tyson has more speed than Sigmon, which means the styles should make an exciting fight. If Roy tries to pull Iron Mike towards him but doesn’t succeed in doing so, he can leave himself exposed for one of Tyson’s signature hooks or uppercuts.
Both these men looked strong, fast, and more than capable in recent training videos. Although both are over 50-years-old, neither seems to have lost a lot. In fact, both could probably beat a few of today’s ranked pro heavyweight professional fighters. That, more than anything, promises a dynamite boxing match on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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|