The Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. event pulled in massive numbers.
Tyson vs. Jones took place on November 28. The exhibition bout was held inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The card aired live on pay-per-view via Triller.
It had been reported that Tyson vs. Jones did roughly 1.2 million PPV buys. As it turns out, the final number is 1.6 million. Triller made the announcement (via BoxingScene.com). The estimated revenue for Tyson vs. Jones comes out to $80 million.
Tyson and Jones went the full eight rounds in their exhibition match. There were numerous body punches from both men in order to adhere to the rules set out by the California State Athletic Commission. The official rules stated that there would be no knockouts and the exhibition would be stopped if someone suffered a cut.
On top of those rules, there was no official winner declared. Even the unofficial WBC scorers had the fight as a draw. Still, the WBC awarded both men a Frontline Battle Title. The executive director of the CSAC, Andy Foster, said that the WBC’s involvement was for entertainment purposes.
Tyson is 54 years old, while Jones is 51. Despite their age, both men have expressed interest in returning to the ring. Tyson says he wants to stay active when it comes to exhibitions. As for Jones, he has his sights set on making a boxing match with future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva happen.
The co-main event of Tyson vs. Jones featured a showdown between YouTube personality Jake Paul and former NBA star Nate Robinson. Paul scored a highlight reel knockout in the second round. Former WBC and WBA Champion Badou Jack was also on the card, defeating Blake McKernan via unanimous decision.