In what can be called mayhem between the organizers and the commission, the exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. has found itself in a very precarious situation. After California State Athletic Commission stated that knockout wins and judging won’t be allowed for the hugely anticipated boxing match between the two former champions, organizers are bent on making it a real fight.
Earlier, CSAC had stated that Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. is purely for “entertainment” purposes. It reminded the boxing fans that the bout is not a “competition” and provided guidelines for the hugely anticipated match-up.
“Let’s call it an exhibition. That’s what it is. I want the public to know what this is because I don’t want people to be disappointed. As long as they know this is an exhibition, I’m fine for everybody to earn. … There’s no official judges. The WBC is going to have some guest celebrity judges remotely, not official, not 10-9 [scores], nothing like that.
“No cumulative score. No winner announced. That’s a very entertainment centered thing. It’s about entertainment. It’s not about competition. … It is what it is and it’s not more than it is but it’s going to be fun,” Andy Foster of the CSAC had said in a statement.
However, according to Triller co-owner, the organizers of the event have made it clear that there will be judging in the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Additionally, they will announce a winner, in what is being promoted as a Frontline Battle for the Frontline Championship.
In a recent statement by Ryan Kavanaugh, co-owner of Triller, he provides clarification regarding the organizers’ decision to go ahead with the scoring system.
“We have nothing but the utmost respect for Andy (Foster) and everyone at (the California State Athletic Commission). For total clarity we are not implying that CSAC is picking a winner or scoring this, WBC is doing both. WBC is scoring under a 10-9, and a knockout will be a win under WBC’s scoring. The results will not be reflected on their fight record. We apologize for any confusion and look forward to a great night of fights Saturday night.”
It seems like Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. will be scored, and a knockout win will be considered. Since there’s a championship belt on the line, the winner will also be decided.
There has been a lot of hype going behind this exciting match-up that will witness Mike Tyson return to the boxing ring after more than 15 years since announcing his retirement from the sport.
It won’t be wrong to say that from the very start, the exhibition bout has been promoted as a real fight. Needless to say, an eight-round bout between the former champions says a lot about the hugely anticipated match-up. Be that as it may, it will be interesting to see who comes out victorious after everything is said and done in what will decide the Frontline Champion of the world.