Mike Tyson’s Trainer Plays Down Health Concerns For The Jake Paul Fight

Rafael Cordeiro, Mike Tyson’s trainer, is confident his fighter will be in peak health for the Jake Paul fight. 

Tyson enters the ring for the first time since 2020 when he faces Paul on July 20. His last fight was an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr., which ended in a draw. Concerns have been raised over Tyson’s ability to fight. He will be 58 by the time of the fight. Iron Mike has also been spotted with a walking stick while openly using marijuana. The Texas Athletic Commission bans any use of marijuana, punishing fighters who go beyond 50 ng/ml of THC.

Paul is considerably younger at 27. He is on a good run of form, knocking out Andre August and Ryan Bourland in first-round KOs in his last two bouts. That has raised doubts about whether the fight should happen. Evander Holyfield also recently returned in a one-sided loss. In 2021, Holyfield was stopped by Vitor Belfort as his reaction times were not the same. But Cordeiro has backed Tyson. The following training footage shows Tyson fully mobile, as he lets off explosive combinations. 

 

 

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Cordeiro Reacts

“I believe we don’t have to be concerned about it. We’re talking about a two-time world champion. The guy didn’t have 20 fights in two years, he knows how to fight. He’s fought against the best guys in the world. When he steps inside the ring he knows what to do. It’s not something new for Mike, and this fight is no different. He works hard every single day to go in there and try to knock Jake out from the beginning to the end.

“This is his style, nobody has teach Mike Tyson how to fight. He’s going to prove that in July. You can see fire in his eyes when he trains, and he will never give less than that. I truly believe it is going to be a great show. Mike is going to step into the ring as the old Mike Tyson, and he’s going to try and knock out Jake from the beginning to the end,” Rafael Cordeiro said

Tyson’s last two professional fights may raise a cause for concern. Losses to Danny Williams and then Kevin McBride showed he was no longer the same fighter. Mike risks putting himself in a similar position. 

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