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Who Won Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.? Results, Scorecards, Stats, Salaries, PPV Buys

Published 10/24/2021, 3:47 AM EDT

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The exhibition clash between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr, from November 2020, may potentially go down in the books for its unique and entertaining features. Ending a hiatus of 15 years, ‘Iron’ took on Roy Jones Jr. ‘Captain Hook’ stepped through the ropes after a gap of three years.

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Despite these long layoffs, the former world champions unveiled a classical display of action. It was entertaining to see them trade blows as many fans from the 90s had wanted to see the particular fight. While it happened decades later in an exhibition manner, Tyson vs Jones Jr. was still an eye-grabbing moment.


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Taking it as a blueprint, several legends have staged their comebacks since then. With the likes of Evander Holyfield, David Haye, and Floyd Mayweather having competed in exhibitions, the trend seems to have picked up steam. Meanwhile, Tyson vs Jones Jr. remains the original plan that had led to this new wave in the combat world. Here’s everything you need to know about the clash.

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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr.- Who won the fight? Results and Stats

The exhibition guidelines prevented both the legends from being extremely violent. But they traded big shots, in which Tyson appeared to be the aggressor. The fight was ruled a draw and WBC provided a custom belt to Tyson and Jones Jr.

On looking at the scorecard, however, it reflects a different scenario. Per Compu Box, Tyson landed 67 punches, of which 57 were power strikes and 10 were jabs. Besides, Mike Tyson successfully connected 35% percent of his 193 attempts.


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In response, Roy Jones Jr. planted only 16% of his 236 attempts with 28 power strikes and 9 jabs. These numbers clearly favored Tyson to be the winner. But the judges saw it differently.

Three judges scored the contest 79-73 (in favor of Tyson), 80-76 (in favor of Jones Jr.), and 76-76 (draw) to end the bout as a draw. However, it was a win-win situation for both men.

Having seen it all in their respective pro-careers, Tyson vs Jones Jr was a lucrative fight at the Box Office. It produced immense PPV buys, and the boxers bagged hefty paydays. Here’s more to it.

The Money Side- PPV sales and salaries


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Per reports, the fight did almost 1.6 million PPV buys and generated more than $80 million in revenue. The PPV price was set at $49.49. Tyson claimed that he would donate his entire purse to a charity. And the amount was way too massive. Several reports cite different numbers regarding the purses for the fighters.

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Per USA Today, Tyson and Jones Jr. were guaranteed $1 million each per the CSAC documents. However, a Kevin Iole tweet claimed that Tyson made $10 million and ‘Superman’ Jones Jr. made $1-$3 million.


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As for now, Jones Jr. hasn’t intended to return again; Mike Tyson will potentially face Logan Paul in 2022.

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Raj Sarkar


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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.
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