Former world champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. will meet in an eight-round exhibition fight Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fight is the main event of a six-fight PPV event.
Tyson, 54, hasn’t fought professionally since losing to Kevin McBride in 2005. Jones, 51, hasn’t had a significant win since defeating Jeff Lacy in 2009.
In the co-main event, YouTube sensation Jake Paul returns to the ring for his second professional fight against former NBA player Nate Robinson in a six-round light heavyweight battle.
Paul defeated Ali Eson Gib by first-round TKO in January, and Robinson is making his boxing debut.
Also on the card, former super middleweight and light heavyweight titleholder Badou Jack takes on unbeaten Blake McKernan in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs) is coming off back-to-back decision losses suffered in 2019, against Marcus Browne in January and Jean Pascal in December.
To start the main card, Jamaine Ortiz (13-0, 7 KOs), takes on Sulaiman Segawa (13-2-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight fight.
Stay here for live undercard results and analysis.
Fight in progress: Jamaine Ortiz vs. Sulaiman Segawa, 8 rounds, lightweights
Vasquez outpoints Gonzalez for win
Forget the vast amount of nonsense surrounding the rest of this fight card. What Irwin Gonzalez and Edward Vazquez did in the ring was display boxing at its best. Vazquez won via split decision, 77-75, 75-77, 77-75 in an all-action fight that was one of the best bouts of 2020.
In the first round, Vazquez was buckled by a big uppercut, but he managed to stay on his feet. In that exchange, the Fort Worth, Texas, native displayed the chin he needed to defeat Gonzalez. Vasquez weathered big punches throughout the eight-round bout and turned up the heat in the final three minutes.
Vazquez (9-0, 1 KO) landed big shots in the eighth round and appeared to hurt Gonzalez (14-3, 11 KOs) in the final minute. Though Vazquez was not able to send his opponent to the canvas or get a stoppage, he did enough to pull out a victory in one of the most entertaining bouts of the year.
The willingness to engage the way Vazquez and Gonzalez did Saturday night is becoming increasingly rare in the sport. Their performance should be applauded and both fighters did nothing but help their stock after their outing on the Tyson-Jones Jr. undercard. — Ben Baby
Still to come:
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., 8 rounds exhibition, heavyweights
Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, 6 rounds, light heavyweights
Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, 8 rounds, light heavyweights