What Does Eddie Hearn Think About Roy Jones Jr. Vs. Mike Tyson?
Always one to put on a show, Eddie Hearn is concerned about the overall nature of Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr. The promoter of Matchroom Boxing is specifically talking about the rules that could come into play.
Tyson and Jones are set to face off against one another on September 12. It will be an eight-round affair with twelve-ounce gloves. The California Atheltic Commission stated this will not be that competitive of an affair and that no knockouts would be allowed. Tyson, however, is ready for his aggressive side to take over. Hearn told Boxing Social that he would be interested in seeing that happens.
“The Commission has said they can’t [go for a knockout]. Can you imagine? Tyson comes out and goes for [a knockout] and the commissioner [waves] if off. That’s an absolute disaster,” Hearn stated, via Boxing Scene.
“I’m never comfortable with an exhibition bout? Because what are you getting, what are you actually paying for? This shouldn’t happen, but I’d rather they went at it hammer and tong. I’d buy that. I don’t think it’s ethically right or good for boxing but I would probably buy that. I don’t think you’re going to buy an exhibition.”
Making his professional debut in 1989, Jones won the IBF Middleweight Title in 1993 against Bernard Hopkins. He then moved up in weight to light-heavyweight. “Captain Hook” became the first middleweight champion to win heavyweight gold. He ended his career on a four-fight win streak in the cruiserweight division in 2018.
Tyson quickly rose up the ranks in the boxing world in 1985. He ended up knocking out Trevor Berbick in the second round of their fight in 1986 to win the WBC Heavyweight Title. He became the youngest world heavyweight champion of all time at 20. The man with 44 wins via knockout’s last fight as a pro was a loss at the hands of Kevin McBride in 2005.
Hearn is not shy from making bouts that are unorthodox, as he has hosted celebrity YouTube fights. From KSI v. Logan Paul to Jake Paul v. AnEsonGib, nothing has been off limits. He even had the idea of bouts between MMA stars and boxers. Hearn is hoping that the style of Tyson v. Jones is different compared to what most are expecting.
“What are they going to do? Mess around after a round or do an interview mid-round? Sky got approached [to air it]. They spoke to me about it. I’m not saying they won’t take it. You could be a round or two in going ‘Oh my God, what is this?’ I would rather they went in and tried to take each other’s head off. Like I said, ethically, that wouldn’t be right either but I’d prefer that,” Hearn went on to say.