Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will be allowed to knock each other out this Saturday during their exhibition bout, it has now been confirmed. The pair are set to trade leather in Los Angeles for charity but fans were left bemused by the new rules the two legends must adhere to inside the ring.
Originally, it was claimed that Tyson and Jones would not be allowed to knock each other out.
The rule had initially been put in place to protect the safety of both fighters, who will also be wearing 12-oz gloves to limit potential damage.
Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), stated earlier this year that this isn’t a record-book type of fight and therefore both fighters should not be going for the knockout.
He also added that should either fighter be cut, the bout would automatically be waved off.
There will be no judges ringside however, the WBC (World Boxing Council) have organised for three former fighters, Chad Dawson, Christy Martin and Vinny Pazienza to be ringside.
They will give their own view on the contest and the winner will receive the Frontline Battle Belt.
Kavanaugh also added: “We have nothing but the utmost respect for Andy and everyone at CSAC.
“For total clarity we are not implying that CSAC is picking a winner or scoring. WBC is scoring and a winner will be determined using those scores as a basis.
“The results will not be reflected on their fight record. We apologize for any confusion and look forward to a great night of fights Saturday night.”
Both Tyson and Jones Jr have already expressed their grievances with the decision to inflict two-minute rounds.
Tyson said at the official press conference: “I’m sure they have their reasons for doing it. But you know, women fight for two minutes.
“But I guess the commission has a bigger influence than I do. I’m just happy that we’re doing it.”
His opponent and former four-weight world champion Jones was in total agreement: “I’m not happy at all. That’s for women.
“Why are we doing two-minute rounds? We’re two of the best to ever do it. Two minutes doesn’t do anything for me or him.”
The exhibition clash in available on BT Sport box office in the UK for £19.95, while the privilege costs $49.99 (£37.35) in the United States.