The worrying boxing rules Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul could be fought under



Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul
Tyson vs Paul will take place on 20 July (Picture: Getty)

Organisers are pushing for Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson to be fought under professional boxing rules without headgear despite the 30-year age gap between the two men.

YouTuber-turned-fighter Paul will take on heavyweight legend Tyson at the AT&T Stadium in Texas in 20 July in a showdown set to be broadcast globally by Netflix.

The fight was officially announced last week but there has been no confirmation as of yet as to what rules the bout will be fought under.

Tyson last fought professionally in 2005, losing three of his last four fights before hanging up the gloves. The New Yorker, once the youngest heavyweight champion in history, will be 58 come fight night in July.

Tyson returned to the ring in 2020 for a high-profile exhibition bout with fellow ring legend Roy Jones Jr, with the ring legends sharing eight two-minute rounds with no knockouts allowed on the night.

Given the considerable age gap it has been thought Paul vs Tyson would also be fought under similar exhibition rules. But MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reports organisers are pushing for the fight to be sanctioned under professional ruled with the Texas Boxing Commission.

‘Is it pro or is it an exhibition? They want pro, but that’s up to the Texas commission, we’ll have to wait and see” Helwani told the MMA Hour.

Jake Paul fought in March
Paul is 9-1 in boxing and fought as recently as early March (Picture: Getty)

‘Weight? I’m told heavyweight. Rounds? I’m working on that as well.’

Paul’s manager and business partner Nakisa Bidarian meanwhile has dismissed rumours both men could wear protective headwear in the fight. Headguards are still required to be worn in amateur boxing and in white-collar boxing. Paul wore such protection in his 2018 white-collar clash against Deji.

‘Unequivocally there is no headgear for Paul vs Tyson,’ Bidarian said on Instagram.

‘Haters spreading fake news, but it won’t stop the tens of millions of views.’

While expected to be one of the most watched boxing events in recent memory, many prominent names in the sport have criticised Paul vs Tyson, including Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn.

‘I find it incredibly sad, but it’s a big event, you can’t deny that,’ Hearn said last week.

‘But is he 60 yet, Mike Tyson? 58? Something like that? One of the greatest fighters that ever lived. But I’m one of a small per cent of absolute mad boxing lovers that it actually breaks my heart to see that.’

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