The 54-year-old Mike Tyson returned with an exhibition bout against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr, with two of the sports best taking each other on. This was a fight that was looking to be made a long time ago but did not materialise, as both are two of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport. Tyson has long been regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights and most talked about sporting stars in history, so this was an event that gathered a lot of attention. Despite this being an exhibition bout, it proved to be one of great success, with many tuning into see these legends return, with Tyson making his first appearance in the ring in over 15 years, with the bout ended as a draw.
There was no betting on the event with it being an exhibition, which was a surprise, as many fans had been looking for sites listed at bet-ri.com, following the legalization changes in the state. This was annoying for fans, who have long supported Tyson in his fights and made money off the back of his success. But odds have also now been released, as to the future for Tyson, following this impressive comeback performance. For example, he has been priced up at 10/11 to not compete again, which appears the most likely outcome, despite his claims be wants to take part in future similar events. Tyson has claimed he wants to fight in similar exhibitions every two months stating, “My body’s still splendid, I want to beat it up some more,”. This further backing up that we could yet see him lace up the gloves again and who wouldn’t like to see that?
There are many potential future opponents for the youngest heavyweight to ever win a world title and odds have been slashed to 4/6, that we see a clash between him and his old rival, Evander Holyfield. Other less likely bouts include a clash with Lennox Lewis, which is available at 3/1 to take place. Riddick Bowe is also available at 6/1 with bigger odds available at around 10/1 to take on either of the Klitschko brothers. Tyson has also been priced up to take on the two leading lights of heavyweight boxing and is 20/1 to take on Tyson Fury and even biggest at 50/1 to clash with Anthony Joshua.
There is no doubt it was an impressive comeback for Tyson and it certainly surprised many with his performance, following a 15-year break from the sport. It now sets up for a fascinating period ahead and whether we again see one of the greats enter the boxing ring.