Tyson’s eye-watering fight purse revealed
Mike Tyson hasn't stepped foot inside the squared circle in more than 15 years, but the former heavyweight king can still command a hefty pay packet.
The 54-year-old has terrified social media for months by showing off his otherworldly punching abilities and showcasing his ripped physique ahead of his highly-anticipated showdown with former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr.
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The bout between two of boxing's biggest names may be labelled as an exhibition, but the two men involved don't see it that way.
Both Tyson and Jones Jr. have scoffed at the rules put in place and are both preparing for what looks to be shaping as a bruising encounter.
Now just days out from the fight, the astronomical payday's for both fighters have been revealed by Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole.
Tyson is set to make a whopping $A13 million, with Jones Jr. going home with $A4 million.
Hearing that Tyson will make $10 million and Roy Jones +/- $3 million for their exhibition Saturday.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) November 25, 2020
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael noted he had spoken to Jones Jr. earlier in the week and said: "Roy told me in an interview his guarantee is $USD1 million".
Fans were quick to slam the upcoming bout after the rules were announced which state there'll be no judges ringside scoring the fight and no winner will be declared.
In the eight two-minute rounds the fighters have been told they also shouldn't be looking for knockouts. But Tyson hit back at the haters after the pay-per-view event sold like hot cakes.
"Numbers don't lie. haters are mad they can't get numbers like this. Saturday is reckoning.
@RealRoyJonesJr you better be ready," Tyson wrote.
The report Tyson had shown detailed how the fight had broken pre-fight sales records for digital pay-per-view purchases.
ESPN's Marc Raimondi confirmed both Tyson and Jones Jr. had both completed and passed a drug-testing program.
CSAC executive officer Andy Foster tells me that Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. have completed a drug-testing program administered by VADA before their exhibition Saturday — and both boxing legends have passed. They will be tested again by VADA on fight night.— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) November 25, 2020
WHEN IS TYSON vs JONES Jr?
The fight was originally down to take place in September, but was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It will now take place on Sunday, November 29 with the coverage beginning at 1pm (AEDT).
HOW TO WATCH TYSON vs JONES Jr.
Eager fans can book the fight through Main Event for $59.95, with the fight also able to be booked through Kayo for those without Foxtel.
The PPV purchase allows access to Kayo until 3rd December at 11:59:59PM AEDT and can be made even without a separate Kayo subscription.
MIKE TYSON v ROY JONES Jr RULES
- No knockouts allowed
- No judges ringside scoring the bout, WBC (Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson) will judge fight remotely
- No official winner will be declared
- Eight two-minute rounds
- Fighters will wear 12 oz. gloves
- Fight will be stopped if either suffers a bad cut
MIKE TYSON VS. ROY JONES JR. FIGHT CARD
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. - Heavyweight exhibition
Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson - Cruiserweight
Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan - Light Heavyweight
Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter - Cruiserweight
Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright - Lightweight
Irvin Gonzalez vs. Edward Vasquez - Featherweight
Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones - Heavyweight
Originally published as Tyson's eye-watering fight purse revealed