Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr to be given two minutes to recover from knockdown

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will be given two minutes to recover from a knockdown during their heavyweight exhibition.

The rules for the eight-round bout have been shrouded in controversy with claim and counter-claim emerging this week.

Despite claims to the contrary, the fight will be scored by three remote judges employed by the WBC and Tyson and Jones Jr will be allowed to knock each other out.

And should one of them touch the canvas, they will be allowed up to two minutes to get back to their feet, instead of the typical 10 seconds.

One of the judges, Christy Martin, told Pro Boxing Fans : "It’s still being called an exhibition [but] I'm not sure.

"It’s a 10-9 scoring, even though I read somewhere that it wasn't going to be. They’re (the WBC) very serious about it, we’ve had a few zoom calls to make sure everybody’s on board and so that we know how to make everything work as far as scoring remotely.

"It’s serious for me anyway, as a judge, I’m taking it very seriously. Tyson’s talking about fighting other people so I don’t want to be the one who makes a wrong move with this.

"I think anytime you get in the ring there’s a potential for a knockout. It doesn't matter how old Mike Tyson is, he's still going to bring the hammers.

"Mike Tyson will still bring big power, big punches. Roy still has fantastic speed. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a knockdown and my understanding is because of the California commission the referee would step in and the fighter has as much time as they need to decide to get going again or maybe the referee will at that point stop the fight.

"It’s not going to be a 10 second knockdown; this could be two minutes to recover and continue on.

"It's going to be a little different. I think a lot of people are going to be changing the rules as we move forward. With me, and the WBC and the scoring, we’re set and we know what we’re going to do."

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