Boxing: Mike Tyson takes weight advantage into Roy Jones Jr bout

Mike Tyson will take a significant weight advantage into his exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr, after both fighters hit the scales before Sunday's (NZ time) fight. 

Tyson tipped the scales at 220.4lb (99.9kg), less than when he first fought Trevor Berbick for the heavyweight title in 1986. 

Jones, the former four-weight world champion, just made the heavyweight limit, weighing in at  210lb (95.2kg),  although his lower weight isn't surprising, considering he spent most of his career at middleweight. 

They will compete in eight two-minute rounds and the fight has already broken pay-per-view records on US broadcaster Triller. 

Tyson last fought in 2005, when he lost to Kevin McBride, while Jones Jr won his last professional fight in February 2018, when he beat Scott Sigmon by unanimous decision.

After the weigh-in, both fighters took part in the traditional face-off. 

Tyson, 54, is confident of winning. 

"I'm pitching punches, everything else is up to Roy," he says. "If I am running anywhere, I am running right at him."

Jones doesn't want to reveal his decisive strategy for the fight.

"I can't tell you how to do it," he says. "It's going to probably look wrong, so I know if I try to tell you, it's going to sound wrong, but it's going to turn out right, trust me."

There has been confusion over the rules heading into the bout, with mixed messages over the knockdown rule, among others. 

California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive director Andy Foster has told MMA Fighting that there will be no winner and no knockdowns, but those claims have been refuted by Triller co-owner Ryan Kavanaugh.

"Know there have been some false rumours swirling, so to be crystal clear - the WBC is scoring the fight," says Kavanaugh. 

"There could be a knockout and there will be one winner. Anyone who says there is going to be no judging or no winner either does not understand the rules or has their own agenda. 

"The only difference in this fight is the gloves are 12 ounces, there are eight rounds and the rounds are two minutes rather than three. That is it."

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