Mike Tyson: Fighting Jake Paul Not About Money

Mike Tyson has denied fighting Jake Paul for money. 

Tyson faces Paul on July 20, live on Netflix. Though Tyson labeled it a ‘fight,’ the bout will be an exhibition. There has been much criticism over the fight going ahead. The three-decade age gap means Tyson will enter the ring as a 58-year-old. Those critics were justified as the bout was not sanctioned as a professional fight. Tyson has not fought since 2020, when he took on Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition.

Meanwhile, Paul has fought twice since December, stopping Andre August and Ryan Bourland. Tyson and Paul are expected to earn over $20 million each. That has created the narrative that Tyson is fighting for money, but Iron Mike dismissed those claims. 

“I have a weird personality, but I don’t think it’s weird. Whatever I am afraid to do, I do it. I was afraid of the Roy Jones fight. But I was a hundred pounds overweight. I was 54, 53, and I said let’s do it. Anything I am afraid of, I confront it, and that’s my personality. Right now, I am scared to death, but as the fight gets closer, I become less nervous because it’s reality, and in reality, I am invincible. If I didn’t have these feelings, I wouldn’t go into the fight. I have to have them. Without them, I wouldn’t go in the ring. This is from my point of view. Me grabbing glory never for money only glory. I would never risk my health for money,” Tyson said 

Tyson has earned the right to box in exhibitions and collect a paycheck. But there is a fine line that needs balancing. Since the spectacle airs on Netflix, it will draw in the casual fanbase. Tyson’s fight with Roy Jones Jr. sold over a million PPVs. However, it damages boxing for the purists, especially when the biggest fights are not made.

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