Mike Tyson Vs Jake Paul Won’t Be A Real Fight And Fans Are In An Uproar

Mike Tyson Vs Jake Paul

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul’s upcoming fight is one of the year’s most highly anticipated events, but not everybody is excited about it. Here’s why some fans are slamming the 2 figures over the match’s controversial rule.

The Mike Tyson Vs Jake Paul fight phenomenon began in January 2022 when rumors swirled that they would enter the ring together for $49 million. When asked about the supposed fight on a March 2022 episode of the “Hotboxin’ Podcast,” the legendary fighter denied the speculation.

However, a month later, Tyson expressed more interest in the idea while appearing on “The Joe Rogan Podcast”:

“Let’s do it, Jakey”

That same month, Paul stoked the rumor mill when he told talkSPORT that contracts and conversations were in the works.

Now, after nearly 2 years of speculation and intrigue, Netflix announced that Tyson and Paul will fight each other in a heavyweight boxing mega-event, with a streaming release set for July 20, 2024. Since the fight was announced, fans have been buzzing about seeing the two lay it all out in the ring.

However, Tyson’s interview about the fight’s rules has sparked major backlash on social media.

On April 2nd, Tyson opened up about his upcoming return to the ring against Paul during a chat with Fox News. While his interview included various eye-opening statements, like him saying he was scared to death over their match, fans found a particular issue with the rules of their fight. It should be noted that the fight is an exhibition bout, meaning it’s for entertainment and doesn’t reflect a boxer’s record. However, during his Fox News interview, Tyson said that despite it being an exhibition match, he and Paul are still fighting for real. He explained,

“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.”

Mike Tyson Said :

“I don’t think he’s faster than me.”

Shortly after Tyson’s interview hit the airwaves, viewers took to social media to express their skepticism over the fight. One fan on X wrote,

“Respect Mike and his awesome career, but this is scripted. It’s a fake fight.”

Another person added,

“Why not be honest and tell it like it is: exhibition for the money.”

While various fans have questioned the legitimacy of Tyson and Paul’s fight, the former appears to be taking his impending battle seriously. Tyson said on his Fox News interview,

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“I’ve seen a YouTube video of him at 16 doing weird dances. That’s not the guy I’m going to be fighting.”

The legendary fighter then said that he’s going to be taking Paul seriously in the ring, adding,

“This guy who’s going to try and hurt me, which I’m accustomed to, and he’s going to be greatly mistaken.”

Fans aren’t the only ones expressing their opinions on Tyson and Paul’s highly anticipated fight. In the wake of the controversial announcement, many of the pair’s boxing and fighting peers shared their viewpoints, with some embracing the match-up and others criticizing it. British boxer Tyson Fury said the fight is fantastic for boxing while speaking to “The Stomping Ground.”

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He said,

“You’ve got a legend in Mike Tyson. You’ve got a YouTube boxer. He has come into the game and blew it up, and he’s got millions of followers and millions of views… it’s a really good spectacle for boxing.”

Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua echoed similar sentiments on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” stating that influencers coming into the boxing sphere will benefit everyone. Joshua said,

“I think that [influencers] bring all these people into boxing… everyone viewing helps.”

While a handful of pros have welcomed the fight, MMA star Michael Page isn’t a fan of the idea.

During an interview with Sports Seriously, the British athlete said he didn’t want to see the potential outcome of Jake Paul winning over a legend like Mike Tyson.

He explained,

“It would just be an ugly picture. And he’s an older man now. He looks in great shape, and I’m sure he could still cause damage, but with the potential of that happening, I don’t want to see it with somebody with that kind of legacy.”

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