Mike Tyson’s Bout With Jake Paul Faces Sanctioning Hurdles

Mike Tyson faces a struggle to get his boxing fight with Jake Paul sanctioned as a professional bout. 

Paul will take on Tyson from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on July 20. The bout will air on Netflix, the first time the platform has ever broadcast a boxing fight. The fight has received a mixed response. Oscar De La Hoya criticized Paul by questioning how the fight brings him closer to becoming a world champion. 

Eddie Hearn was also vocal about it being a sad day for boxing. The Matchroom Boxing promoter felt the fight insulted the hardcore boxing fanbase. Yet the event could bring in a broad audience, resonating with the casual fan across generations.

However, the fight might not get sanctioned as a professional fight. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) must decide if the 57-year-old Tyson can fight. He has not fought in Texas since beating Eddie Richardson in 1985. Tyson’s last fight was an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020. He also uses cannabis, something which the commission must consider.

The Texas Athletic Commission doesn’t allow marijuana usage. Reports stress the TDLR punishes any athlete who goes over 50 ng/ml of THC in their system, something Nate Diaz discovered for his fight with Jake Paul. The MMA fighter is known for using marijuana. Since Diaz’s fight with Paul went ahead, he would have complied with the rules, something Tyson will have to do. But given Paul is a young fighter in his best form, is this a step too far for Tyson? 

“Not to be Mr. Buzzkill or anything, but it seems strangely overlooked that Mike Tyson was knocked out back-to-back in the last two of his pro career. Knocked out by average at best fighters, and that was about twenty years ago,” Rich Marotta, Nevada Hall of Fame founder said

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