Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr
Tyson and Jones were said to have drawn after eight, two-minute rounds

Mike Tyson said he will “continue to go further and do more” in the boxing ring after his return to the sport ended in an engaging draw with Roy Jones Jr.

The 54-year-old former world heavyweight king ended 15 years of inactivity to take on 51-year-old Jones in a high-profile ‘exhibition’ – but fears the pair would serve up a some form of money-making farce were not realised as they did enough to provide entertainment.

While rap artist Snoop Dog said it was like watching “two of my uncles fighting at a barbecue” during his stint as a ringside commentator, boxing legends including David Haye, Lennox Lewis and George Foreman expressed satisfaction.

Tyson last fought in 2005 and looked focused as he walked to the ring for his highly-anticipated return
Tyson last fought in 2005 and looked focused as he walked to the ring for his highly-anticipated return

There were glimpses of the past as Tyson swayed from the hips, ploughed forward and tried to unload shots, while Jones sought to move fluidly, though he was visibly drained by the halfway stage.

Tyson landed a couple of eye-catching left hooks, some solid body shots and unquestionably forced the pace. Many on social media felt he had won well but the judges – not employed by the sanctioning body but by the WBC to offer added entertainment – thought otherwise.

Tyson said he was happy with the draw and made clear his future pursuits would not be in a professional capacity: “This is bigger than championships, we are humanitarians, we are helping people. I’m happy I got this under the belt and I’ll continue to go further and do more.”

Jones, a former four-weight world champion, said he would talk to his family before considering fighting again, and added: “I don’t do draws but the dude is so strong man. When he hits you, his head, his punches, his body shots, everything hurts. I’m cool with the draw.”

So did it work?

Tyson punches Jones
Tyson landed some solid work on Jones, who looked to hit, move and tie his opponent up

Former heavyweight world champion Foreman tweeted it was the “best exhibition I have ever seen”, Haye said the event was “competitive” and former world super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall said the pair “didn’t disgrace themselves in any shape or form”.

What an ‘exhibition’ would look like was up for debate. Comments from organisers stating there could be no knockouts, no cuts and no official winner prompted confusion.

Ultimately when the bell sounded Tyson tried to fight aggressively, Jones looked to survive and tie his rival up a bit, and any fears they would walk around and do little were quickly overcome.

Music artists including Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg performed in a bid to add to the pay-per-view offer, and moments before his ring walk Jones questioned the small ring in use, stating: “It’s like they are feeding me to the bear.”

Shortly before a ring walk in his prime Tyson was punching holes in changing room walls. Here, he admitted to fears moments before his ring walk as he stated: “I’m just pushing myself. Whatever I’m afraid to do, I do.”

Tyson got himself in shape for his return and looked less fatigued than Jones as the fight progressed
Tyson got himself in shape for his return and looked less fatigued than Jones as the fight progressed

Jones’ energy tank looked close to empty by halfway but Tyson – who will give some of the reported $10m (£7.5m) he earned to charity – appeared well conditioned over the shorter format of eight, two-minute rounds.

UFC president Dana White watched and said: “Time is undefeated and takes us all down. Fighting is a young man’s game. Mike looked awesome tonight. I was blown away. It exceeded my expectations.”

Since his first heavyweight world-title win aged 20 – a record that still stands – Tyson has been in prison for rape, battled drug and alcohol abuse, been bankrupt, acted in films and fronted his own one-man show.

Despite scandal and chaos he has stayed relevant and fans posted images of the hell-raising figure they hoped they may see moments before a ring return that had been anticipated by some and ridiculed by others.

While it was acceptable and entertaining, it is hard to see how repeat editions can prove as enticing. This was largely all about seeing if a 54-year-old former champion had anything left.

Tyson showed he did. He was in shape, he punched with menace and it can be argued some high-profile professional fights have offered less in terms of entertainment.

Whether there was enough quality, risk and drama on offer to keep people paying to watch more though is another matter.

‘Snoop Dogg wins’ – reaction

Robin Lundberg tweets
Like many, broadcaster Robin Lundberg enjoyed the contributions of rapper Snoop Dogg
Tweet: Former British champion Ashley Theophane was satisfied with what the boxing legends served up
Former British champion Ashley Theophane was satisfied with what the boxing legends served up
Tweet: Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman was glowing in his praise
Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman was glowing in his praise
Like many others, Amir Khan expressed his relief neither Tyson or Jones were hurt
Like many others, Amir Khan expressed his relief neither Tyson or Jones were hurt
Tweet: Meanwhile former wrestler the Iron Sheikh feels WWE legends could profit by getting back in action
Meanwhile former wrestler The Iron Sheikh feels WWE legends could profit by getting back in action

Paul eyes McGregor after controversial knockout

On the undercard, Jake Paul knocked out former NBA basketball player Nate Robinson in two rounds.

You Tube star Paul – now a licensed professional fighter – left the hapless Robinson stricken on the canvas and in need of medical assistance after a heavy knockdown.

The finish prompted widespread questions on social media as to how former New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls player Robinson was granted a licence to be in the ring in the first place.

And Paul – whose only other professional fight came in January – had more to offer as he called out UFC star Conor McGregor among others, insisting he would knock the Irishman out.

The 23-year-old then tagged McGregor’s agent in a tweet reading: “I mean what fighter with this big of a platform is calling out McGregor? It’s going to happen you will all see.”

Kal Yafai tweet
Former world super-flyweight champion Kal Yafai questioned how Robinson was allowed to fight
Amanda Serrano says someone will one day get hurt in the ring if 'celebrity' matches continue
Amanda Serrano, who has held world titles at multiple weights, was also frustrated as Robinson made his debut



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