Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson recently sat down for their first press conference ahead of their highly anticipated exhibition fight.
The famed fighters answered questions from various media professionals, including their thoughts on the rounds being 2-minutes around the 8:56 mark. Both Tyson and Jones made it clear that they weren’t happy about the rounds being reduced from the standard three minutes to two. Tyson stated, “I’m sure they had their reasons but the women fight two minutes. But this is bigger than me, it’s not all about me, so who am I to talk. I’m just happy that we’re doing it.”
Jones added, “I’m not happy at all, that’s for women. Why would I want two-minute rounds? We’re not women; we’re two of the best to ever do it. Why cut it to two minutes, it doesn’t do anything for him or for me; it cheats the fans who are excited. It was advantageous for everybody to keep it to three minutes.”
Tyson went on to say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about [this not being a real fight], you’ve got Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr and I’m coming to fight and I hope he’s coming to fight. I look at films of Roy when he was at his best because that’s who I anticipate fighting. I’m boxing younger guys and hungry guys and they assure me I’m doing well.”
Jones then closed out the question, stating, “The last person to do an exhibition was dropped in the first round. Who goes into the ring and thinks it’s an exhibition?”