The internet is still buzzing over the non-conventional fight opportunities sprung up from the exhibition ranks.
Recently, Mike Tyson has been in the rumor mill over a potential fight with Jake Paul. Although Tyson is technically a retired professional boxer, he performed in a super fight exhibition match against Roy Jones, Jr. back in November 2020.
However, since then, Tyson has hinted at more exhibition matches, especially since he has started dosing psychedelics from “the toad.”
Jake Paul & Mike Tyson verbally agree to a $50M fight. pic.twitter.com/cZXWj8v98b
— SAY CHEESE! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) January 17, 2022
Tyson vs. Paul?
Jake Paul, however, is a full-fledged boxer looking for more significant professional matches. He had Mike Tyson on his New Year’s resolution list and other unbelievable “potential” opponents.
Although rumors have abounded that Tyson and Paul have been in serious negotiations for a future match, “Iron Mike” recently took time to clear up the stories.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world went to Twitter to clear up the rumors.
“This is new to me. I just saw Jake in St. Barths, and he never mentioned it,” Tyson wrote on Twitter.
🚨 Mike Tyson and Jake Paul have reportedly verbally AGREED to a $50million mega-fight to be held later this year:
“Mike and Jake are on board for an exhibition bout in Las Vegas.” 👀‼️ pic.twitter.com/smwvAlMB63
— Happy Punch (@HappyPunchPromo) January 17, 2022
Show Me The Money
On Monday, media outlets began circulating the unfounded rumors. In fact, price points were attached for the supposed “advanced talks” for a boxing match that speculated a figure of $49 million.
Ironically, although the two stars don’t know each other, Paul’s career skyrocketed in part due to Tyson’s influence. Paul signaled his major entrance into boxing by knocking out former NBA great Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones exhibition fight undercard.
Since then, Paul has gone on a KO spree, knocking out former MMA champ Ben Askren in the first round of their professional fight and beating former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley twice (once by faceplant knockout).
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 19, 2022
A Weighty Proposition
However, it does lend one to think that a deal between Tyson and Paul would be a lucrative proposition for the boxing business. Although Paul is more of a cruiserweight than heavyweight, he might step up if the opportunity actually did arise.
Currently, Jake Paul has gone from a sideshow act to a legitimate boxer-businessman, building up an impressive resumè. Although Paul has come for undisputed champions like Claressa Shields, the hatred toward his movement has relatively subsided as the money he generates grows.
Paul didn’t go the traditional route in boxing, coming up through the amateurs, fighting in the Golden Gloves, and trying to qualify for the Olympics.
Mike Tyson says he has no recollection of agreeing to fight Jake Paul. 😅 pic.twitter.com/dJNw7Nam3H
— theScore (@theScore) January 18, 2022
Instead, Paul used his social media influence to will himself into fights through sheer fight hype and creating a team inclusive of Amanda Serrano and former Mayweather Promotions fighters like J’Leon Love.
Still, Tyson is nothing to play with, even at 55 years old. Any fight between the two would generate major interest for the nostalgia that Tyson embodies and the newness that Paul revels in; it is the fusion of two worlds.
However, Jake is only 25 years old, and with the level of competition ahead of him from both boxers, influencers and transitioning MMA fighters, he can have the pick of the litter. Still, the streets will talk, and the interest is being floated for another super fight for Tyson against this non-traditional boxer.
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