This November 28th the return of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Both boxers are over 50 years of age and, therefore, the World Boxing Council has defined special regulations. The rules have been defined under the framework that the fight is an exhibition and not a professional fight - even though they are both professionals. Which means that the result will not be on the record of either boxer and that the rules will be different than normal.
The rules of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. (Exhibition fight).
The fight will last for 8 rounds, 2 minutes each, and 1 minute rest between them. Therefore, the combat would last a maximum of 24 minutes, including breaks.
Neither boxer will wear a helmet and gloves that they will use are 12 ounces (normally, heavyweights use 10 oz gloves). In case there is a severe cut on the face of either of the two, the fight will be stopped. This is a controversial rule, but it is actually present in almost every fight in sport.
Both boxers will undergo a anti-doping test before the event. But nevertheless, none of them will be penalized if they test positive for marijuana and the combat could be carried out without problem in that case.
The referee in charge, Ray Crown, should stop the fight before either of you is knocked out. This was announced by the president of the California Commission. However, it is impossible to rule out that there may be a knock out. In case the fight is over and there is no knockout, neither of the two fighters will be proclaimed the winner, as the fight will not have qualifying judges. Even so, a remote verdict will be offered, by recognized judges, which will indicate who could have won.
"Let's call it an exhibition," said Andy Foster, director of the California Athletic Commission, so that "later they won't be disappointed."