Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson

Jake Paul loses even if he beats Mike Tyson

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Jake Paul has found his next opponent. He will take on one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Mike Tyson. “The Problem Child” and “Iron” Mike will be squared off on Saturday, July 20, streaming live on Netflix from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The 57-year-old Tyson retired in 2005, but did an exhibition fight in 2006 against his former sparring partner Corey Sanders. Shockingly, 14 years later, he stepped in the ring for another exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. The PPV sold over 1.6 million buys and generated over $80 million in revenue. It also featured Jake Paul on the undercard.

Fighting Boxers

Jake Paul has said in the past that he wants to be taken seriously as a boxer. But, once again he is facing some heat because of who he’s stepping in the ring with. Jake has fought the likes of retired MMA stars and a former NBA player in Nate Robinson. When he did decide to fight a boxer of note, he suffered his first defeat against Tommy Fury.

Coming off the loss to Fury, he regained his winning ways beating former UFC fighter Nate Diaz. Afterwards, Paul said he would take his career more serious by fighting boxers. The boxers he chose were Andre August who had 11 total career fights and Ryan Bourland who was listed as inactive in the official database. Paul won both fights with first round knockouts.

There’s No Winning

This upcoming fight against Tyson is a lose-lose for Paul. If he wins, he’s once again fighting a guy he is supposed to beat. Regardless of the name, Tyson is still 57 years old and hasn’t fought a meaningful fight since June 2005. More importantly, Jake’s own words will be used against him since he previously said he was on a journey to be a world champion.

If Paul loses, the critics will come full steam ahead. Boxing pundits already don’t take him serious even though he has improved as a fighter. Losing to an old Tyson, whose name these days eclipses his once dominant skills in the ring, would tarnish his plans of being a championship contender. Paul will walk into the ring with all the physical advantages: He’s bigger, stronger, more athletic and 30 years younger. A loss would have Paul labeled as a “Paper Tiger” which means a person who appears strong but lacks the necessary skills and the wherewithal to achieve an ultimate goal.

The Jake Paul and Mike Tyson matchup will surely be looked at as a money grab. But there will undoubtedly be millions watching on fight night. Regardless of the outcome, Jake is in a lose-lose situation.

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