Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul fight postponed after boxing legend’s ‘medical emergency’



NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Mike Tyson and Jake Paul attend the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson press conference at The Apollo Theater on May 13, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
Mike Tyson and Jake Paul were due to fight on 20 July (Photo: Getty)

Mike Tyson’s mega-fight with Jake Paul has been postponed due to the heavyweight legend’s recent ‘medical emergency’.

The fight, originally slated for 20 July, will be rescheduled, Netflix have announced.

In a statement late on Friday night, the streaming service said: ‘Unfortunately Jake Paul and Mike Tyson will not face-off on July 20 as planned.

‘Tyson’s recent ulcer flare up has limited his ability to train fully for the next few weeks.

‘The fight will be rescheduled for a date later this year after Mike’s able to resume training with no limitations and both fighters can have equal time to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime matchup!

‘Stay tuned for the new fight date to be announced by the end of next week.’

Last Sunday, Tyson suffered a ‘medical emergency’ while boarding a plane to Los Angeles, before it was revealed that he had become ‘nauseous and dizzy’ due to an ulcer flare up.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Mike Tyson and Jake Paul attend the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson press conference at The Apollo Theater on May 13, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
Netflix are set to broadcast the fight between the former heavyweight champion and the social media star (Photo: Getty)

The 57-year-old later tweeted: ‘Now feeling 100 per cent even though I don’t need to be to beat Jake Paul,’ and insisted his fight against the social media star would go ahead as planned.

Much has been made of the bout which will be fought under professional boxing rules, with Paul, 27, currently boasting a record of 9-1.

Former heavyweight champion Tyson officially retired from boxing in 2005 having lost three of his final four fights, but he returned to the ring in 2020 for a lucrative exhibition bout with fellow ring legend Roy Jones Jr.

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said of the upcoming bout: ‘I think we live in a crazy world, don’t we, where that younger generation is built off views, built off narrative, built off controversy.

‘And as a hardcore fight fan, someone who has been around boxing since I was nine years old, I find it disgusting that a 58-year-old man – who was my hero growing up – firstly has to even get back in the ring.

‘I’m just going to give you my honest opinion, which is: It will sell, people will watch, it’ll be a big event, and I don’t like it.’

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