The YouTuber-turned-pro boxer Jake Paul is eyeing to fight the legendary pro boxer Mike Tyson. There have been rumors about them locking horns in the ring but the match never materialized. Paul believes that ‘Iron Mike’ “wants to avoid maybe knocking me out and hurting me.” The ex-Disney actor added that if only Tyson knew how good Paul really was, “maybe the fight would happen.”
Jake Paul wants to face Mike Tyson
In an interview with FightHype.com, trainer Freddie Roach revealed that Tyson was on hand for one of Paul’s sparring sessions, but left after just 30 seconds.
Whether Paul was aware of that possible snub or not, in a press conference for his upcoming bout against former UFC legend Anderson Silva, the 25-year-old was unequivocal when asked if there were any other combat sports greats he’d like to face in the ring. Once again, one name sprang immediately to mind.
“Mike Tyson,” Paul enthused when asked about other “legendary fighters” he’d like take on in a boxing match. “That would be crazy, yeah. And I have so much respect for him. He’s another one of my idols. And I think he said he wanted to do the fight. Mike, where you at, bro? Let’s make it happen.”
The YouTuber-turned-pro-boxer Jake Paul is now set to face the former UFC middleweight champion and combat sports icon Anderson Silva on October 29. During a press conference at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz, one of the fans had an opportunity to interact with ‘The Problem Child.’
In a video clip captured by Fight Hype, the 13-year-old fan named, David Garcia snatched the hat off of Paul while getting on the stage. Silva is 2-0 since returning to boxing, earning wins over Julio César Chávez Jr and Tito Ortiz. Paul, meanwhile, boasts an undefeated record of 5-0, with wins over Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley (x2) among his highlights.