The ruleset for Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. has caused quite a confusion and now Triller is weighing in.
The social media platform, Triller, which is promoting the event, elaborated on the ruleset of the exhibition bout following a recent clarification by California State Athletic Commission Executive Director Andy Foster. No official winner will be declared, Foster recently explained, because there are no judges in a sanctioned bout.
“We at Triller have no issues with the commission or Mr. Foster and did not mean to contradict anything that may have been said by them,” Triller co-owner Ryan Kavanaugh wrote in an email to MMA Fighting. “We enjoy a strong almost two-decade relationship with the Governor and mayor’s office and the state of California and would appreciate if the record could be set straight.
“Specifically, we never meant to imply that CSAC was scoring this or deciding on a winner," the statement continued. "We are 100 percent clear that is not correct. CSAC has provided a referee, and that ref is there to make sure the fighters are safe and to make sure they fight under the rules. He will not be scoring the fight nor deciding a winner. Rather the WBC has been engaged to both score and elect a winner. They have three judges who will judge remotely (due to COVID and like other fights have been provided recently) on behalf of the WBC, and not on behalf of CSAC, who will be deciding the winner and judging the fight.”
In a separate statement, Triller said WBC judges are “scoring and a winner will be determined using those scores as a basis.”
Tyson and Jones Jr. lock horns on November 28. The four-hour event begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and the main card starts one hour later.