Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson Scheduled for July 20th on Netflix

Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson
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Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson – Jake Paul ascended to prominence in combat sports after delivering a decisive blow to the former NBA athlete Nate Robinson during the undercard event of Mike Tyson’s exhibition boxing match against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020.

Presently, Paul, the erstwhile YouTuber turned pugilist, and Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion, are slated to clash once more, this time as adversaries, in what promises to be the most divisive spectacle yet within the recent crossover boxing frenzy.

Tyson is set to confront Paul in a boxing bout on July 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, headlining a card slated to be aired on Netflix, as confirmed by officials to ESPN. This marks the streaming platform’s inaugural foray into combat sports and its third live sporting showcase overall. Netflix secured a deal with Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) for a boxing event on November 1, according to Nakisa Bidarian, co-founder of MVP.

“Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson represents a once-in-a-lifetime dream confrontation, and I anticipate it will capture the largest viewership in contemporary boxing annals,” Bidarian remarked in a statement.

The approach the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, tasked with overseeing combat sports within the state, will adopt towards this undoubtedly contentious matchup remains uncertain. Whether it will be categorized as a professional bout or an exhibition is yet to be determined.

Tyson stands as one of the foremost heavyweight pugilists in history, renowned for his prowess and intimidation. Nevertheless, he will be 58 years of age at the time of the bout, while Paul, a mere 27, boasts a three-decade advantage.

Tyson exhibited commendable form during his exhibition bout against Jones on November 28, 2020, and has showcased his training regimen extensively through social media. Since retiring from professional boxing in 2005, Tyson has not competed in a sanctioned fight, having endured two consecutive defeats prior to hanging up his gloves. The New York City native held the undisputed heavyweight championship from 1987 to 1990.

“[Paul has] evolved significantly as a pugilist over the years, making it intriguing to witness the determination and skill of a ‘youngster’ pitted against the experience and proficiency of a legendary figure,” Tyson articulated in a statement. “It marks a full-circle moment, as I kickstarted his boxing journey during the undercard of my bout with Roy Jones, and now I aim to conclude it.”

Paul (9-1, 6 KOs) has since secured victories over former UFC luminaries such as Nate Diaz, Anderson Silva, and Tyron Woodley following his triumph over Robinson in high-stakes main events. Hailing from Cleveland, the pugilist has shifted his focus towards challenging opponents boasting greater experience to hone his skills, with aspirations of contending for a world championship in the future. Having turned professional a mere four years ago, Paul enters this matchup fresh off consecutive first-round knockouts of journeymen Andre August and Ryan Bourland.

“It’s surreal to contemplate that I garnered widespread attention for knocking out Nate Robinson in my second professional bout on Mike Tyson’s undercard,” Paul expressed in a statement. “Now, less than four years later, I’m stepping into the ring against Tyson himself to ascertain whether I possess the mettle to overcome one of boxing’s most infamous combatants and revered icons. Within the span of just two and a half years since establishing MVP, we are on the verge of orchestrating the most significant fight in history, set within the largest NFL stadium in the United States, broadcast globally on the premier streaming platform — a testament to our achievements in a remarkably brief timeframe.”

Paul was featured in an episode of the Netflix series “Untold” last year. Netflix, exhibiting a proactive approach towards live sports coverage, has recently streamed the Netflix Cup, pitting Formula 1 drivers against golfers, and the Netflix Slam, showcasing a tennis match, over the preceding four months.

“Mike Tyson epitomizes one of boxing’s towering figures in history, while Jake Paul stands as one of the sport’s most disruptive entities,” remarked Gabe Spitzer, Netflix’s vice president for nonfiction sports. “The showdown on Saturday, July 20, promises unadulterated drama in the Texas ring. We are delighted to collaborate with Most Valuable Promotions for this historic event, eagerly anticipating the clash between these two luminaries for fans worldwide on Netflix.”

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