Fifteen years after retiring, the previous heavyweight champion squared off towards fellow boxing legend Jones Jr. for a combat titled “Frontline Battle.” The World Boxing Council (WBC) supported, commemorated and scored the four-hour dwell occasion on the Staples Middle in Los Angeles.
The rounds had been 60 seconds shorter than regular — two minutes, as a substitute of three — and the combat was sanctioned by the California State Athletic Fee.
The pair used 12-ounce gloves with none safety.
The WBC used a distant scoring system to guage Tyson’s and Jones Jr.’s efficiency. Three champions judged and scored every spherical, with the standards specializing in type, method, efficient punching, efficient protection and efficient aggressiveness.
“Regardless of the isolation and tribulations COVID-19 has precipitated, Tyson and Jones Jr. have proven us that when an individual embraces a constructive psychological outlook, activates his or her constructive psychological swap, all challenges could be overcome which is why we’ve got created a one among a form commemorative belt created particularly for the event,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán mentioned in a information launch.
Tyson, the previous heavyweight world champion, is taken into account some of the feared boxers of all time. He completed his first 12 months as knowledgeable boxer with a 15-0 document, with all wins coming by knockout.
“Iron Mike” was 20 years and 4 months previous when he grew to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing historical past. He has a 50-6 profession document, with 44 of the 50 victories approaching knockouts. He final fought in 2005, when he misplaced to Kevin McBride.
Jones Jr. is a former world champion who sports activities a 66-9 document. Jones Jr. received his final bout in 2018 towards Scott Sigmon.
The combat was a pay-per-view occasion bought for $50 in the USA.
The combat was the primary of a sequence produced by Legends Solely League.
CNN’s Madeline Holcombe contributed to this report.