Legendary boxer Mike Tyson said he would love a boxing match with Jake Paul. However, the match must take place before the end of the year.
After years away from the sport, Tyson made a surprising comeback to boxing in 2020. In an exhibition match, he faced Roy Jones Jr, a renowned legend of the sport.
Jake Paul made the jump to pro boxing the same year. Since then, he has gone 5-0, albeit he has yet to defeat an actual boxer.
Mike Tyson recently talked with Jimmy Kimmel about a possible showdown with Jake Paul. Therefore, it is possible that Tyson will be the first genuine boxer Jake Paul encounters.
When questioned about fighting Paul, Tyson said,
“That could be very interesting. I never really took it serious, but yeah it could be really interesting.”
“Everything is possible, yeah. But it gotta happen this year. It gotta happen this year,” he answered.
Despite Jake Paul’s lack of high-level competition so far in his boxing career, Mike Tyson still admires abilities shown by Paul.
According to him:
“He’s skilled enough, yes. I’m gonna give it to him. He’s skilled enough because he’s winning. “
“Even if he’s fighting guys that you guys don’t believe is a good enough fighter, they should be able to beat him, but they can’t. He’s beating people that he shouldn’t really be beating. We got to give him that credit.”
Tyson continued, “And he’s doing so much good for boxing. Listen, this guy got 70 million people following him every time he fights. Champions of the world don’t have that many people following them.”
“So what he’s doing for boxing is just sensational. No one should be hating on that, he’s helping everyone get money. Why are people mad at him?”