Report: Mike Tyson & Roy Jones Jr. to make multi million dollar paydays for fight

Win, lose or draw, the payday planned for Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr respectively will be at least a million dollar checks each.

The two boxing greats are slated to return against each other in a special rules exhibition bout. While there has been long-running speculation regarding their earnings, veteran MMA and boxing journalist Kevin Iole recently revealed reports that Tyson will make ten million dollars, and Jones Jr somewhere around three million.

Hearing that Tyson will make $10 million and Roy Jones +/- $3 million for their exhibition Saturday,” Iole wrote on Twitter about the reported million dollar payday for Tyson and Jones Jr.

Thus far these estimates haven’t been confirmed, though Iole is a respected journalist who’s sources are often correct.

The fight between Tyson and Jones Jr is an exhibition bout, though the winner will still earn the WBC “Frontline Battle” belt, made especially for this fight. Tyson’s last boxing bout was in 2005 at 38 years old, in a TKO loss to Kevin McBride. Jones Jr, on the other hand, last competed in 2018, defeating Scott Sigmon via decision.

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See the full fight card for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr below!

Main card:

  • Eight rounds: Mike Tyson (50-6) vs. Roy Jones Jr. (66-9) – exhibition bout for the WBC “Frontline Battle” belt
  • Six rounds: Jake Paul (1-0) vs. Nate Robinson (0-0) – cruiserweight
  • Eight rounds: Badou Jack (22-3-3) vs. Blake McKernan (13-0) – light heavyweight
  • Six rounds: Hasim Rahman Jr. (9-0) vs. Rashad Coulter (1-0) – cruiserweight


  • Eight rounds: Jamaine Ortiz (13-0) vs. Nahir Albright (8-1) – for the WBC-USNBC silver belt in lightweight
  • Eight rounds: Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (14-2) vs. Edward Vasquez (8-0) – for the WBC-USNBC featherweight title
  • Eight rounds: Juiseppe Cusumano (18-3) vs. Nick Jones (9-3) – for the WBC-USNBC heavyweight title

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