‘There’s no knockouts?’: UFC chief Dana White’s bemused reaction after finding out Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr are NOT allowed to KO each other in exhibition fight this weekend
- Dana White has discovered there will be no knockouts in Tyson v Jones Jr fight
- The legendary duo are coming out of retirement to fight in an exhibition bout
- Tyson and Jones Jr, who have a combined age of 105, are squaring off for charity
- White was asked for a prediction on the bout before being told there are no KOs
- The UFC chief cut a bemused figure before asking how that could ‘be enforced’
The legendary pair – who have a combined age of 105 – are both coming out of retirement to slug it out in a eight-round contest for charity on November 28 and White was asked for who he had down to win.
But when he was informed that knockouts were out of the question because they are deemed ‘too dangerous’ given the two heavyweights’ ages, White was left in disbelief.
Dana White reacts after finding out there would be no knockouts in Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr
The two legendary boxers will fight in a eight-round charity bout in Los Angeles this Saturday
‘There’s no knockouts?’ White said when quizzed by journalists after UFC 255 on Saturday. ‘They’re not allowed to knock each other out? How do you enforce that?
‘I’d like to bet that doesn’t happen. Can you bet on that?! Oh s***! You can’t even bet on this fight?
‘I did not know that. I don’t even know what to say to that.’
Saturday’s controversial fight has caught the attention of many nostalgia-hungry boxing fans who will be tuning in to see these two iconic fighters go at it once again.
While expectations should be tempered, the opportunity of seeing Tyson – who was known for his ferocious knockouts – and Jones Jr do what they do best is an extremely exciting prospect.
UFC chief White cut a bemused figure when discovering that knockouts have been banned
White laughed it off before asking how something like that could be ‘enforced’
Ahead of the fight, which will take place over eight two-minute rounds, the California State Athletic Commission have insisted that both fighters faced ‘thorough’ medical examinations and anti-doping tests.
They will also wear oversized gloves and have been told not to seek a knockout.
California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Forster said: ‘Tyson and Jones Jr. won’t be wearing headgear for the fight.
‘They’ll be lacing up 12-ounce gloves and there won’t be any judges present at the fight to score the action.
Tyson was known for his ferocious knockouts during his career before he retired 15 years ago
‘So, technically, there won’t be a winner unless a knockout somehow occurs, or either fighter is deemed unfit to continue.
‘They can move around and make some money, but I told them if you get cut, it’s over.’
Tyson, who was once dubbed as the ‘baddest man on the planet’, has stressed that the fight is ‘bigger’ than him and reflected back on his changing lifestyle.
‘It has a charity exponent and I look at that as bigger than me,’ he said. ‘Buying a new car, a new girlfriend, a new mansion, a new plane… that doesn’t do it for me anymore. It just doesn’t work.’
The 54-year-old is also hoping to face current heavyweight greats in Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder all in the name of charity.
Tyson has shown off his impressive physique ahead of his return to the ring this weekend
‘I think they’re brilliant. They’re brilliant fighters,’ Tyson said. ‘They could do so much for society.
‘They could have exhibitions, and take the money from the exhibitions, because they’re such big crowd pleasers, and they could help so many people.
‘There’s so many people out there that we can do so much for, and it wouldn’t even be a tenth of their charitable heart to do something like that.
‘In fact, fight exhibitions with me, and most of our charity would go to people who desperately need it.’
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