Mike Tyson shares footage of first day of training ahead of Jake Paul fight: ‘The fun has just begun’



Mike Tyson shares footage of first day of training ahead of Jake Paul fight
The former heavyweight champ returns to the ring in July (Pictures: X / @MikeTyson)

Mike Tyson has shared footage from his first day of training as he gears up to take on Jake Paul in a controversial blockbuster boxing showdown this summer.

Last week, it was announced that the 57-year-old, long-retired heavyweight legend would be stepping back into the ring to take on YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul, who is 30 years his junior.

The fight will take place at the AT&T Stadium in Texas on July 20 and will be broadcast globally on Netflix, though as yet there has been no confirmation regarding the rules of the bout.

Tyson has not fought professionally since 2005, though he did have a high-profile exhibition fight against fellow ring legend Roy Jones Jr in 2020, with the two sharing eight two-minute rounds with no knockouts allowed.

There have been suggestions that, this time around, the fight could be sanctioned under professional rules with the Texas Boxing Commission, while Paul’s manager recently dismissed rumours they would wear protestive headwear in the fight.

Iron Mike certainly seems to be taking the fight seriously and, some four months out, has already started his training.

On Thursday, the veteran heavyweight – who will be 58 by the time the Paul fight comes around – uploaded footage of him in the gym looking almost as explosive as he did in his prime.

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While stamina may be an issue come fight night, Tyson looked ferocious as he worked the body bag, unloading a flurry of combinations, before saying: ‘It’s day one, the fun has just begun.’

While Tyson looked impressive in the training footage, there are concerns over whether he should be stepping into the ring against someone so much younger, with promoter Eddie Hearn describing the fight as a ‘sad day’ for boxing.

Jake’s brother Logan, another YouTuber-turned-fighter, recently claimed that he was also offered the chance to fight Iron Mike but turned it down, saying he was ‘too old’ and ‘senile’.

Asked who approached who, Jake said: ‘It started with Tommy Fury, he wanted more money and there wasn’t more money.

‘Then we went to Mike Tyson and after like months of talking, got him to be down to fight, and so Mike Tyson wasn’t offering people deals. So I don’t know what he’s [Logan] talking about.’

Explaining his decision to accept the fight, Tyson said: ‘I’m very much looking forward to stepping into the ring with Jake Paul. He’s grown significantly as a boxer over the years, so it will be a lot of fun to see what the will and ambition of a “kid” can do with the experience and aptitude of a GOAT.

‘It’s a full circle moment that will be beyond thrilling to watch; as I started him on his boxing journey on the undercard of my fight with Roy Jones and now I plan to finish him.’

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