Jake Paul Confirms Fight With Mike Tyson Will Happen This Year
Legendary boxer Mike Tyson suggested Friday night that he may have an interest in fighting YouTuber and rising boxing star Jake Paul.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live (h/t Anton Tabuena of Bloody Elbow), Tyson was asked about Paul and whether a blockbuster fight against him is a possibility.
"That could be very interesting," Tyson said. "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."
Although Paul hasn't faced a legitimate boxer yet, he has been impressive with four of his five victories coming by way of knockout.
In a pro boxing career that stretched from 1985 to 2005, Tyson went 50-6 with 44 knockouts, earning him the nickname "The Baddest Man on the Planet."
After Mike Tyson's clip on The Jimmy Kimmel Show went viral, Jake Paul tweeted the clip thanking Mike for his words of praise, and confirmed that the fight would happen 'this year'.
Jake Paul wrote in the caption, "Thank you to the great Mike Tyson for the respect and opportunity. This year we are making it happen."
It would be one hell of a fight that would sell a lot of PPVs with major social media engagement. But for now, Paul is focused on an Aug. 6 event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
No opponent has officially been named for Paul yet, but Tommy Fury is heavily rumored to be in that spot.