'What a joke': Mike Tyson comeback rocked by 'disgraceful' drama

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Mike Tyson, pictured here in action against Roy Jones Jr.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr's fight was scored a draw. Image: Getty

Mike Tyson’s comeback to boxing has ended in farcical fashion after his bout with Roy Jones Jr was scored a controversial draw on Sunday.

Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime during the 54-year-old boxing icon’s return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Jones Jr.

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Both fighters had impressive moments during a fight that was unofficially ruled a draw by the WBC judges at ringside.

Tyson and Jones fought eight two-minute rounds, and both emerged smiling and apparently healthy from a highly unusual event at Staples Centre.

“This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities.

“We're humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We've got to do this again.”

However there was uproar amongst boxing fans and pundits, with many believing Tyson should have been declared the winner.

ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael called the judges’ decision “pure insanity”.

Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson, pictured here celebrating their split draw.
Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

“Absurdly the unofficial WBC scorecards had #TysonJones a draw when Tyson clearly dominated,” he wrote on Twitter.

“(Judge) Vinny Paz had the pure insanity card of 80-76 Jones.”

Boxing commentator Bob Sheridan was also shocked.

“I gotta tell you, I gave Mike Tyson every single round, because Roy just couldn’t seem to do anything at all,” he said.

“I scored it 80-72.”

Mike Tyson returns after 15 years away

The former heavyweight champion of the world’s return to the ring after a 15-year absence attracted international attention, and Iron Mike did his best to show the form that made him a legend to a generation of boxing fans.

Tyson tagged Jones with body shots and a handful of head punches during a bout that was required to be a fairly safe glorious sparring session by the California State Athletic Commission.

“The body shots definitely took a toll,” said Jones, the former four-division world champion widely considered the most skilled boxer of his generation.

“It's something to take the punches that Mike throws. I'm cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again.”

Jones walked to the ring with gloves and trunks honouring Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, while Tyson wore his signature all-black trunks.

After the traditional pre-fight pomp and an introduction by Michael Buffer, the 50-something champions both came out throwing punches that evoked echoes of their glorious primes.

with AAP

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