Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will make his long awaited return to the squared circle on Saturday night when he takes on Roy Jones Jr. as a -210 betting favourite on the boxing odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
It has been over 15 years since “Iron Mike” last fought in a sanctioned bout. The once dominant heavyweight endured a difficult end to his storied career, falling to defeat in three of his final four fights, and takes a 50-6 professional boxing record into Saturday night’s fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Tyson was dominant in his prime, claiming 44 of his 50 career wins by knockout, and sports solid -150 odds to pick up the win over Jones by KO, TKO, or disqualification. However, with the fight limited to eight two-minute rounds, and the two fighters sporting oversized 12-ounce gloves, the odds of this contest lasting over 7.5 rounds are listed at +155.
While Tyson is returning to the ring after a prolonged absence, Jones has remained active, and takes a four-fight win streak into Saturday’s tilt as a +170 underdog. Formerly a world champion in four different weight classes, Jones last fought in early 2018, earning a 10-round unanimous decision win over American Scott Sigmon to claim the WBU cruiserweight title.
Now less than two months away from his 52nd birthday, age has not robbed Jones of his punching power. The world light heavyweight champion as recently as 2009, Jones has finished opponents in six of his past nine fights, including four victories inside two rounds. However, Jones remains a +2000 longshot to end Saturday’s fight in the first two rounds, with the odds of him knocking down Tyson on his way to a win listed at a distant +450 at online betting sites.
Indeed, with the odds swinging in Tyson’s favour since he opened as an underdog, Jones has emerged as a -160 wager to be knocked down and lose on Saturday night.
While the first four fights on Saturday night’s card feature clashes between professional boxers, the co-main event offers an unusual matchup, with former NBA star Nate Robinson taking on controversial internet personality Jake Paul as a +185 odds underdog.
The former NBA Slam Dunk champion is set to make his professional boxing debut after responding to a challenge from Paul, who has kept busy actively inviting an array of pro athletes to a battle in the ring. No stranger to bad behaviour outside the ring, Paul sits listed as a -235 favourite for Saturday night after claiming a first-round TKO victory over fellow YouTube personality AnEsonGib in his boxing debut on New Year’s Eve.