Bettors are backing Mike Tyson to beat Roy Jones Jr!
‘Iron Mike’ is the favorite with oddsmakers – and it seems sports bettors agree
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr meet in their exhibition match in just four days’ time, and the betting markets are revealing that Tyson is being tipped to win by sportsbooks and sports bettors alike.
Tyson is the clear favorite among oddsmakers, with his price of victory set at -185. Put simply, this carries an implied probability of 64.91% that Tyson emerges from the ring victorious in what will be his first public contest in over 15 years.
Jones Jr. can be backed at odds of +175, making him the outsider with just a 36.36% implied chance. The draw is set at +1000.
Interestingly, the betting breakdown almost exactly mirrors the implied probability of the odds; 62% of bets placed on the market have backed Tyson, compaired to just 33% for Jones – 5% are on the draw.
OddsChecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “Jones has fought much more frequently in recent years while Tyson has been inactive, but the 54-year-old wasn’t called ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ for nothing, a fact clearly being remembered by the betting world.”
“Roy Jones Jr is still fast and hard to hit” says sparring partner Dacarree Scott
Roy Jones Jr’s sparring partner Dacarree Scott says the former pound-for-pound star is “still fast” and “hard to hit” ahead of his exhibition with Mike Tyson in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Jones Jr ends a near three year absence to face former undisputed heavyweight champion, Tyson, who has been retired for 15 years at the Staples Center over eight rounds on Saturday.
Unbeaten Heavyweight, Scott, better known as ‘Mac Truck’ was called in to spar Jones Jr and says the former four-weight world champion is still as quick and elusive as ever.
Asked what he was impressed with most when sparring Jones Jr, Scott told Pro Boxing Fans: “His speed, he’s still fast.
“On his feet, his hands, he’s still fast.
“You expect him at 51 to be slow, no he’s still fast, he’s still sharp, it was real good work.
“He’ll clinch me and I couldn’t pull out the clinch, I had to outmuscle him to get out of the clinch, but he’s still strong and he can still take a punch.
“We did four rounds, after we were done he did mitt work and drilling for almost, I want to say like 45 minutes straight after we finished sparring, he still was going.
“If Tyson thinks this is going to be easy, it’s far from that. I think he can do it, I think he’s going to beat him.”
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