by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. November 28th exhibition clash has been changed to 8x two minute rounds as opposed to three minute rounds.
Jones Jr. is not happy about the change as he feels this will favour Tyson, the fighter that is expected to fatigue during the exhibition bout having not fought professionally since 2004 opposed to Jones Jr who last competed in 2018.
“They’ve got me doing eight two-minute rounds now. That’s to his advantage too. Everything’s to his advantage, that’s to his advantage too. At this point, the fans are so excited about it, I wouldn’t want to pull the rug from under the fans… and they (Team Tyson) will try and sue me. It’s not really worth it, so I’m going to go in and do these two rounds , but I’m going to have to work a little bit faster than I expected to,” Jones told Joe Rogan.
“They decided this just last week. They change stuff on me by the week. I think the WBC came in and said they want to put up some kind of title or something, so they want to cut it back to two minute rounds. They said something about the Arce and Chavez Sr fight, how fatigued they were after the fight and they feel like that’s a safety measure. But what they don’t realise is that the longer you keep Mike fresh, the more dangerous that is for me. I need to get Mike un-fresh quick, so that I can get out this danger zone.
“(Chavez Sr) and Arce fought a ‘true’ exhibition with headgear and big gloves, but they said they were so exhausted afterwards, that they felt that is what could inhibit somebody’s health. I want it to be three minute rounds, it’s safer for me.”
I see Jones’s reasoning but I am sure it will be explained by the Tyson camp for another reason.
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