Insert the gif of Robin Williams in Jumanji, asking “what year is it?”.
No, this title is not clickbait, it is a done deal that Mike Tyson will take on Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition bout in California. The fight was supposed to take place in September but was postponed until November 28, and we have Tyson vs Jones Jr. odds, plus a betting guide, including analysis and a prediction for this legendary bout.
A quick look at the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. odds for this heavyweight bout and you will see Tyson as the favorite and Jones as the underdog.
Online sportsbook Bodog released the Tyson-Jones Jr. betting odds for these two iconic champions with Jones opening as the -135 favorite and Tyson firing back as a -105 underdog. It didn’t take long for the line to flip, though, as Iron Mike is now the -200 favorite with Jones the +150 dog.
The Tyson vs Jones Jr. odds mean that you would have to wager $200 to profit $100 with a Tyson victory, while a $100 bet on Jones would yield you a profit of $150. Additionally, according to our sports betting calculator, the -200 Iron Mike line has an implied win probability of 66.67 percent while +150 for Junior has an implied win probability of 40.00 percent.
Latest Tyson vs Jones Jr. Odds
|Fighter||Current Odds||Opening Odds||Implied Win Probability|
|Roy Jones Jr.||+150||-135||40.00%|
Odds as of October 22 at Bodog
Tyson vs Jones Jr. Broadcast Information
- Date/Time: November 28, 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Carson, California
- Arena: Dignity Health Sports Park
- Where to Watch: Thriller PPV $49.99
Tyson vs Jones Jr. Odds Analysis
There has been much excitement during the COVID-19 pandemic with Iron Mike’s training videos, showing off his tremendous head movement and powerful hands.
Boxing fans were abuzz for a comeback bout, the Evander Holyfield trilogy was floated and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz even offered to step in for this fight, but it is the legend Roy Jones Jr. who will entertain the fans.
Looking back at Tyson’s historical betting odds, his odds of -200 are intriguing as he was only an underdog to Lennox Lewis (+175) in 2002 and it matches his next shortest odds of -200 in the rematch with Holyfield in the infamous ear-biting incident.
That said, the former undisputed heavyweight champ hasn’t been in action in 15 years and is now the ripe age of 54. Additionally, he hasn’t scored a victory since February 2003, when he made short work of Clifford Etienne with a first-round knockout.
As devastating and exciting as Tyson was in the late ’80s into the ‘90s, it was Jones who was named the boxer of the decade for the 1990s. The former light heavyweight king hasn’t been out of action as long as Tyson, having had his last bout in 2018, scoring a unanimous-decision win over Scott Sigmon to close out his career on a four-fight winning streak.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Betting Information
Where To Bet On Tyson vs Jones Jr.
If you want to have some action in this huge spectacle, there are plenty of ways that you can place a bet. To start, if your state has legalized sports gambling, then you can go to your local sportsbook, head up to the window and place your bet. Meanwhile, for others who don’t have that luxury, we have put together the best boxing betting sites that will have plenty of markets for you to wager on.
How To Bet On Tyson vs Jones Jr.
There will be plenty of options for you to wager on for this fight and for a great in-depth guide we have put together a How to Bet on Boxing page for you. To start, when you see Tyson vs Jones Jr. odds listed, that is simply on which fighter will win, -200 for Mike Tyson and +150 for Roy Jones Jr. However, when we get closer to the event, other props such as total rounds and method of victory will become available.
What Should You Consider When Betting On Tyson vs Jones Jr.?
As this is an exhibition bout, the official rules are still a little murky. California State Athletic Commissioner Andy Foster had urged the fighters to not seek the knockout, saying: “It’s an exhibition. They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other … They’re going to spar hard, but they shouldn’t be going for a knockout. This isn’t a record-book type of fight.”
So those who had been hoping for a quick Tyson knockout should note that may not be the best wager to make. Originally, there were to be no judges in attendance and it was essentially going to be a glorified sparring session, but judges will now be present and a special belt will be on the line. This is a charity bout, though, between two men over the age of 50, so for safety’s sake, we can only assume that this fight will go the distance.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Betting Prediction
It’s hard to determine how this fight will go down, with the Tyson vs Jones Jr. odds having flipped already. It will be an exhibition match with 12-ounce gloves as it’s unlikely that these two are going to be headhunting looking for a devastating knockout. But with the more recent announcement of judges and a special belt up for grabs, we will in fact get a true winner.
Of course, you would have to give the speed advantage to Roy Jones Jr., being the smaller man and having been active just two years ago.
That said, the showboating antics that Captain Hook uses in the ring represent a dangerous game to play with a power puncher like Tyson. Jones likes to keep his hands low and then use his outstanding lateral movement to create angles and land his accurate power hooks. Meanwhile, we can anticipate that Iron Mike will look to close the distance and land some heavy hooks of his own all while not allowing Jones to dance out of the way of danger.
The big question is how serious and how competitive this fight will be. If it in fact turns out to be nothing more than a glorified sparring session, I would have to lean toward Jones getting the win by having room to breathe, use his footwork and try to outpoint Tyson. However, if the tempo does pick up and the two champs look to exchange hands and go blow for blow, the needle moves toward Tyson because he’s so dangerous in tight range. Fun fight, wish we had seen it about 15 years ago but here we are.