Well there isn’t much to say about tonight’s spectacle except that many people in the crowd must have assumed this was going to be a real fight. Judging by the amount of booing going on the audience was not happy to see T-shirts and headgear in the ring. The promoters certainly didn’t go out of their way to let people know this was going to look exactly like a sparring match. (Actually I’ve seen much better sparring–see Edwin Valero.)
Tyson was obviously pulling his punches early and only later in the workout did he throw anything meaningful. Sanders lost his balance while avoiding a Tyson combo early in round one and then in the fourth he almost lost his mouthpiece after eating a Tyson uppercut (the best punch of the session).
To his credit Tyson did warned the audience not to expect much beforehand but now that everyone knows exactly what to expect I doubt we’ll see too many more stops on his World Tour.
After the event Tyson was interviewed and there was no mention of his supposed participation in a real boxing match for the Japanese MMA organization Pride on New Year’s Eve.