Jake Paul Confirms Intent For Professional Showdown With Mike Tyson

Jake Paul is confident he will box Mike Tyson in a professional capacity.

The two men will square off on July 20, but the format is a mystery. Tyson is on record saying it is an exhibition, but he qualified that by confirming it is a ‘fight.’ Reports suggested they could fight in 16-ounce gloves, with two-minute rounds. Those potential measures could be seen as a compromise over safety concerns.

“This is called an exhibition, but if you look up exhibition, you won’t see any of the laws we’re fighting under. This is a fight. I don’t think he’s faster than me. I’ve seen a YouTube video of him at [age] 16 doing weird dancing. That’s not the guy I’m fighting. This is a guy who’s really going to try and hurt me, which I’m accustomed to, and he’s going to be greatly mistaken. Right now, I’m scared to death. As the fight gets closer, the less nervous I become because it’s reality, and in reality I’m invincible,” Tyson said

Paul is three decades younger than Tyson, who will be 58 by July. Tyson’s last pro fight was in 2005, as he quit on the stool against Kevin McBride. While Tyson did fight in 2020 against Roy Jones Jr., it was an exhibition. Paul is on a two-fight win streak, stopping Andre August and Ryan Bourland with first-round KOs. There is professional drug testing for the fight, but Paul faces a hurdle to get it professionally sanctioned. 

“Yeah man, it’s so annoying. People on the internet will believe anything they see or hear. There’s been so much misinformation, we know this more than anyone. Mike and I want this to be a pro fight, with full face shots. We’re submitting that request to the commission. It’s an all-out war. There’s been all these fake videos about not being able to hit each other, big gloves, all that stuff. It’s all, as [Donald] Trump would say, fake news,” Paul stated 

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