Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson Targeted as Professional Fight, Not Exhibition

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The boxing match between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson is eyed to be a real, professional fight.


Last week, ‘The Problem Child’ and ‘Iron Mike’ signed a deal to fight in the boxing ring on July 20th. The two are set to headline a Netflix-broadcasted event, for the first time that the service has streamed a fight. The bout was announced as a heavyweight one, and the fight will go down at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
However, that’s where the details end for Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson. While Netflix released a trailer for the boxing match, fans still had a lot of questions about the bout. The first and foremost question is, Would the fight be a real one? In the past few years, names such as Floyd Mayweather have made exhibition bouts popular.
For the unaware, an exhibition fight is essentially more akin to a sparring match. The fight may have judges, but they won’t be appointed by an athletic commission. Furthermore, the bout wouldn’t count on either Jake Paul or Mike Tyson’s professional records if it is an exhibition contest. ‘Iron Mike’ already competed in one of these, fighting to a draw against Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020.

However, if Jake Paul and Mike Tyson get their way, their fight will be a real one. As first reported by Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Most Valuable Promotions are hoping to get the Texas State Athletic Commission to sanction the bout as a professional one. Although, that’s, ultimately going to be up to the state itself.
“They’re still working on a few important details based on the conversations I’ve had.” Ariel Helwani stated on The MMA Hour earlier today, discussing Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson. “Is it pro or is it exhibition? They want pro, but that’s up to the Texas commission, we’ll have to wait and see. Weight? I’m told heavyweight. Rounds? I’m working on that as well.”

He continued, “I saw an interview with Derek Chisora where he said there would be headgear. I was told there’s absolutely no headgear involved. This is going to look like your typical boxing match. It’s just like, exhibition like Mike’s last fight was against Roy Jones in November 2020? Or is it just going to be a normal, pro-heavyweight fight that has no strings attached in that regard?”

If Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson is sanctioned as a professional fight, it will be the latter’s first in nearly 20 years. The boxing legend’s last pro bout was a 2005 knockout loss to Kevin McBride. Nearly two decades later, he’s returning to face ‘The Problem Child’.

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Jakes Fucked

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I sure hope so. This whole scenario is fucked

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18 oz gloves apparently

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You want to know what John McCarthy thinks of Mike Tyson boxing Jake Paul? Here you go.

“I hate it. I can’t stand it,” McCarthy said on MMA Junkie’s “Spinning Back Clique.” “It drives me crazy.”

The fight, which is scheduled for July 20 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and will live stream on Netflix, is taking sideshow boxing to a new level of ridiculousness in the eyes of many, considering YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul (9-1) is 30 years younger than former heavyweight champ Tyson (50-6), who will be 58 when he steps into the ring.

When he thinks about this fight happening, “Big” John, a former MMA referee who now works as an analyst for Bellator/PFL, can only call it like he sees it.

“I love Mike Tyson. And Mike Tyson was a great fighter, but what do you think is gonna happen if you put Joe Montana on a football field right now? How good do you think it’s gonna look?” McCarthy said. “There is speed in sports that Mike Tyson has lost – a ton of his speed. …

“I don’t care how good of condition you get in as a 57-year-old, almost 58 when that fight happens – you cannot maintain that conditioning. Anything happens, it goes right out the door, and it takes you forever to kind of get it back. When (he goes) into that ring, he’s gonna get tired. He will get tired much faster than he ever did before based upon his age. Yes, he will have some power, but he doesn’t have the speed to get that power to the target in the same way. I look at this and I go, man, shame on everyone for this whole thing.”

To emphasize his stance, McCarthy recalled Evander Holyfield’s 2021 boxing match with former UFC champ Vitor Belfort, which ended with Belfort winning by TKO. McCarthy said he told Holyfield not to fight Belfort, who was 15 years younger than Holyfield in his late 50s.

“I love Vitor, but he’s not a better boxer than Evander Holyfield, but he could beat an old man that was 50-something years old,” McCarthy said. “I really hope that (Paul vs. Tyson), in the end, doesn’t come about.”

Bottom line for McCarthy is that anywho who is looking forward to Tyson fighting again is simply enamored with the dominant force from years long ago.

“Everyone is seeing Mike as the Mike Tyson that we all fell in love with, the Mike Tyson that was just an animal, would go out there with huge power, and just annhilate people,” McCarthy said. “That Mike Tyson is gone, that Mike Tyson doesn’t exist anymore, and that Mike Tyson is what’s needed to put Jake Paul on his ass. We’re not gonna see that Mike Tyson, so unfortunately you’re gonna see Jake Paul win this fight. And I just hope Mike doesn’t get hurt.”

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Matt Brown trashes Jake Paul fighting nearly 60-year-old Mike Tyson: ‘This is just straight f****** garbage’

For better or worse, Jake Paul has brought a lot of attention to boxing since he decided to lace up his gloves for the first time. But for all the criticism he faced while mowing down a laundry list of ex-UFC fighters, he was still facing high level athletes from combat sports.

Most of them were at worst at the tail end of their careers and even Anderson Silva, who was 47 at the time, just styled on a professional boxer when he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. before facing Paul in 2022. Lately, Paul shifted his attention towards opponents with actual boxing experience, although neither Andre August or Ryan Bourland made it past the first round with him but both fighters had real records in the sport.

But just days after he demolished Bourland inside three minutes, Paul announced his next fight for July where he’ll face a 58-year-old Mike Tyson, who was known as one of the most ferocious heavyweights of his era but his last professional fight took place all the way back in 2005 and he hasn’t set foot in the ring since an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020.

UFC welterweight Matt Brown, who has largely supported Paul in his boxing endeavors, feels like fighting Tyson at this age really is a step back and the wrong move for his career.

“I think that’s probably the biggest thing here. It’s a lose-lose for him,” Brown said on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer. “Obviously, he’s going to get a bag. We’re all going to watch it. I’m sure Netflix is paying him good. We’re all going to watch it, we’re going to talk about it. He’s getting that. But it’s a lose-lose in actual fighting. You can’t lose to a 60-year-old man and you also can’t beat a 60-year-old man. It’s a lose-lose. It’s garbage to me.

“Jake obviously, he’s doing that because he wants to be in that position where everybody wants to see him get knocked out and that’s why they’re going to watch, he wants to be the heel but it’s a 60-year-old man and so he’s probably going to be able to pull it out. That’s an obvious storyline. We know the plot here. We know the narrative. It’s not Tyron Woodley where we’re like if Jake’s a decent boxer, he’ll probably win but it’s a f******* great athlete he’s going against that never boxed. This is just f****** garbage. This is just straight f******* garbage.”

Why 18 oz gloves? That just means it’ll be a shitty sparring match.

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I’ll believe it when I see it.

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lol t-shirt worthy quote

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haha logan can fuck himself. he was scared and back-tracking against fucken 154 mayweather, perhaps floyd weighed more for the match, whatever. no shit he hid behind his drinks business and bellendrical podcast buddies when mike got mentioned.

logan tried to shit on jake many times. jake has the nutsack, not logan.

this is one of those rare occasions when i suport HKP and his add-propellant/stand-back posts.

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I never noticed before that Jake has quite the huge melon!

I hope Tyson KOes him bad, in the 1st or 2nd round.

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https://www.mmanews.com/news/mike-tyson-hits-pads-first-training-footage-jake-paul-boxing

VIDEO: Mike Tyson Hits The Pads In First Training Footage Ahead Of Jake Paul Boxing Match

https://twitter.com/i/status/1768076411506716917

I was ringside when Tyson lost by tko to Danny Williams.
Hope that, or worse, doesn’t happen again.

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https://www.mmanews.com/news/daniel-cormier-explains-mike-tyson-boxing-match-no-win-jake-paul