Lower expectations to enjoy Tyson vs. Jones from Kelly Smith's blog

The CSAC was not going to have scoring for the fight, standard for exhibition contests. That opened the door for the WBC to step in for remote scoring across the eight, two-minute rounds. They also slapped a championship belt on the bout, creating the "Frontline Championship" to be awarded to the winner.

Jones' chin went bad a long time ago. As age caught up with his legendary reflexes, Jones found himself hurt by punches often and he suffered five knockouts in the final stretch of his career, only managing to beat low-tier fighters or former greats who were even more past their prime. It's entirely possible it would only take one clean shot from Tyson to end the fight before Corona or anyone else could step in and halt the fight for going beyond being a sparring exhibition.

Tyson's most recent pro fight came all the way back in 2005 when he quit on the stool against Kevin McBride. The Tyson of 2020 seems in a much better space mentally than the broken man of 15 years ago. It's also possible he's better physically, even if far older. But expectations should be reasonable on the kind of athlete stepping into the ring on Saturday night. Tyson has gone from a terrifying avatar of violence who spent some of his peak years in prison after a rape conviction to somehow becoming viewed as a weed-smoking, quick-to-tears grandpa. How that transition manifests itself into Tyson as a fighter is one of the most intriguing things about Saturday's contest.

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By Kelly Smith
Added Nov 27 '20


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