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Mike Tyson addresses $50 million Jake Paul fight claims and it’s bad news

Published: 18/Jan/2022 10:24 Updated: 18/Jan/2022 10:28

by Connor Bennett

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Boxing icon Mike Tyson has responded to claims that he and Jake Paul are “on board” for a $50 million mega-fight later this year. 

With more influencers and athletes from other sports stepping into the boxing scene, many boxers, promoters, and fight fans have been skeptical about the whole thing.

A few have had harsh words to say about the likes of Jake Paul, but the YouTuber has garnered a massive supporter in the form of boxing icon ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. The 55-year-old has praised both Jake and Logan Paul’s boxing skills, and believes they’re only helping the sport by putting new eyes on it.

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With Tyson being a vocal supporter of the social media stars, he’s previously said he wouldn’t fight either of them. However, there have been reports that he and Jake Paul are “on board” for a fight in 2022.

Mike Tyson chatting to Jake Paul
YouTube/Jake Paul
Mike Tyson has been a supprter of the Paul’s boxing endeavour.

Those reports surfaced on January 17, claiming that a “verbal deal has been struck” for a bout in Las Vegas to place in 2022, that the organizers believed would be worth around $50 million.

While Jake has, in the past, been quick to comment on such rumors – just as he has been doing with all the talk surrounding Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s next opponent – he hasn’t said anything just yet.

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Though, Tyson has done so, playing down the reports. “This is new to me,” the former Heavyweight champion tweeted a few hours after the initial reports. “I saw Jake in St. Barths and he never mentioned it.”

While Tyson’s response could be used to build a bit of hype around things, it is a different tone compared to the last time he was rumored to be putting the gloves back on.

In October, when the boxing legend had reportedly agreed to a clash with Logan Paul, he admitted that “anything is possible” and spoke about how charities would benefit.

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Time will tell if these new fight claims end up being right, but they’re not off to a great start.