According to reports, Jake Paul is set to learn what it’s really like to go multiple rounds with Mike Tyson – even though the former heavyweight champion is 31 years his senior.
Mike Tyson has reportedly reached a deal to fight Jake Paul in what is expected to be a blockbuster exhibition fight.
Their teams are said to be working out the details, but the fight is set to take place in Las Vegas and could be worth £36m in pay-per-view and ticketing potential.
The huge differences in age and boxing pedigree mean the fight is unlikely to do much for either man’s reputation, but would most likely net them both huge paydays.
Tyson and Paul have publicly mentioned each other several times in the past, and on one such occasion the former undisputed heavyweight champion made a promise that he could now be forced to break up.
Last October, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” said he had no doubts he could easily knock out the YouTuber, but said he wouldn’t because his family are big fans.
“My family loves Jake Paul,” Tyson admitted.
“So easy [to knock him out]. Yeah, but I never would. I would be against my own fucking family. They adore this little white mother*****. You know what I mean?
“He’s got balls. He’s got fucking balls. When you see a white boy with balls, you know. I’m talking for real, but f*** you motherf*****… Yeah but no man, let him have his fucking reign.”
Tyson’s words look set to be put to the test now that they are set to meet in the ring at some point in the near future.
‘Iron Mike’ has paid Paul compliments on several occasions, including once allegedly calling the YouTuber ‘the GOAT’ after learning he shared the same birthday as legendary trainer Cus D’Amato.
But despite his respect, Tyson has also been tough on the 31-year-old his junior in the past, such as when he questioned his repeated attempts to call out UFC star Conor McGregor.
“I called Conor McGregor while the whole world was watching,” Paul told Tyson in an interview. “He’s fighting a guy, Dustin Poirier, who’s 5’9″, 155 pounds, who he’s already knocked out in one round. He fights him again. Why?”
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Tyson, clearly unimpressed by Paul’s attempts to further stoke a feud, simply replied, “You know Conor isn’t scared of you, right?”
Nonetheless, that icy moment between the two doesn’t seem to have overturned Paul’s belief that the former world heavyweight champion is a big fan of his.
Last November, he even went so far as to claim that the 55-year-old would agree that he is “the best thing that has happened to boxing” in 100 years.
“I’m the best thing that’s happened to boxing in a century, period,” Paul said. Launderer’s report.
“Legends would agree. The Anthony Joshuas, the Mike Tysons, the Manny Pacquiaos, the Tyson Furys. They all said what I do for boxing is a breath of fresh air.
“I think this debate started about a year ago – is Jake Paul good for boxing? I silenced that, and I don’t think there’s anyone there. other side of the equation who thinks I’m bad at boxing.”
Paul once even had the temerity to compare himself to Tyson and fellow sports legend Muhammad Ali – despite never having faced anyone with previous boxing experience in the ring.
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His argument was that, typically, fighters will face a much lower level of opponent early in their career as they build up their bests before taking tougher tests later in their career.
“No one from Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson to Floyd Mayweather has tested themselves as much as I have in my fourth fight,” Paul said after beating aging MMA fighter Tyron Woodley for the first time.
“I learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of and how I perform under pressure. I can’t wait to bring that experience to my next fight.”