The World Boxing Council will pay tribute to superstar champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones jr, who through their wondrous careers, have written with golden letters several chapters in the history books of the WBC and boxing in general.
Mike Tyson became the youngest fighter ever to win the heavyweight championship of the world, when at age of 20, he knocked out then champion Trevor Berbick in only two rounds, capturing The WBC Green and Gold Belt. Tyson reign was supreme, unifying the division. and went on to defend his championship on multiple occasions.
He regained his WBC championship by knocking out Frank Bruno in the third round . Tyson has been a major force in the sport and has influenced millions of persons from around the world to follow boxing.
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Roy Jones Jr has been closely associated to The WBC since 1992 when he captured The WBC Continental Americas championship and Roy become WBC light heavyweight world champion in 1996.
He unified the division making multiple title defenses. Roy was pound for pound king for many years and was the dominant force of the 1990’s.
The WBC is honored to support their exhibition match scheduled for November 28 in which both will go into the ring with the admirable purpose of raising funds for charitable campaings in the “Front Line Battle “.
This exhibition match is sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission involving thorough medical examinations and with VADA performing the Clean Boxing Program out of competition antidoping testing to both.
The WBC has prepared a unique belt to commemorate this occasion. Each fighter will receive one, as a recognition of their innovative efforts to bring entertainment to the world with a great cause, during these very difficult and harsh times for humanity.
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A fun innovation is also being organized for November 28th, as The WBC Remote Scoring System will be used to have three legendary champions score the exhibition, via specific criteria, to provide additional entertainment to the fans from around the world.
By Mauricio Sulaimán – Son of José Sulaimán – President of the WBC: Social media and sports media exploded with the news of Mike Tyson’s return to the ring. Regardless of being just an exhibition, the news has gone around the world and there is great interest in seeing this event.
Tyson will face Roy Jones Jr., who was considered for several years as the best boxer on the planet, for his great ability, hand speed, fist power and overall dominance in the ring.
The exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, in Los Angeles, California, an eight-round contest, without headgear, and wearing 12-ounce gloves.
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This is a point that worries me. Both Tyson and Jones should wear headgear that boxers use in sparring, and wear 16, or even 18-ounce gloves.
This event is a charity initiative that is highly appreciated and seeks to give sports fans a moment of entertainment. That is why the World Boxing Council fully supports the realization of it, but I repeat, in no way can the safety of the contenders be neglected.
I am certain that the California State Athletic Commission is taking every single provision to ensure their safety before and during the event.
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