Mike Tyson Rips Critics Over Jake Paul Fight

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson has taken shots at the critics over his age before he takes on Jake Paul this summer.

Tyson and Paul are set to box at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, with the fight airing on Netflix. The fight announcement caught many by surprise, and many are concerned that Tyson is even fighting as he’s 58-years-old, but the former heavyweight boxer doesn’t think it is that big of a deal.

“I’โ€™m 58 and what? I’m getting billions of views from just talking to somebody about fighting,” Tyson told Reuters. “Everybody, even most of the athletes, they’re jealous. That’s whack. … I say in your prime you couldn’t draw a million people, man. What are you talking โ€“ you couldn’t sell out an arena. Who at 58 could sell out an 80,000-seat arena?”

Mike Tyson also believes his drawing power is as big as it ever has been, which adds to the excitement for the fight, which he says shows that the critics are wrong over this fight.

“Why do you think he wants to fight me and not anybody else?” Tyson said. “Everybody wants to fight him โ€“ all the boxers want to fight him. But if he fought them, the only people that will come are the people that like him. The other guys, their parents might not even come watch them,โ€ Tyson said. โ€œThat’s just keeping it real. They’re too boring for their children to watch. It’s like watching grass grow.”

Mike Tyson did have an exhibition bout in 2020 against Roy Jones Jr. which Tyson looked decent in.

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