A ‘verbal deal has been struck’ for former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, 55, to return to the ring against YouTube star Jake Paul in a fight worth £36m… despite a huge 31-YEAR age gap between the pair
- Mike Tyson and YouTuber Jake Paul in talks for a pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas
- Organisers are hoping bout between Tyson and Paul will generate £36million
- ‘If all goes to plan’ then the fight is on reveals a source from Las Vegas
- There is a massive 31-year age gap between Paul, 24, and legendary Tyson, 55
Tyson and Paul’s reps said to be are thrashing out plans for a headline pay-per-view bout later this year, according to the Sun Online.
Iron Mike, 55, made a comeback in 2020 after a 15-year absence, where he was denied a victorious return to the sport as his one-sided exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr was bizarrely scored a draw in Los Angeles.
Mike Tyson is in advanced talks with YouTuber Jake Paul as he looks to return to the ring
Paul who knocked out Tyron Woodley in his last fight is set to face former champion Tyson
Tyson is now reportedly set to get back in the ring once again, but this time to face 24-year-old Paul, who boasts a 5-0 boxing record – despite more than a 30 year age gap between the boxers.
A fight with Jake’s brother Logan was originally rumoured, but now it seems Tyson would rather fight his sibling.
One Vegas source, who counts Tyson as a business associate, confirmed that ‘if all goes to plan’ then the fight is on.
The source said: ‘Mike and Jake are on board for an exhibition bout in Las Vegas.
‘A verbal deal has been struck to get it on, but like all forms of sports business, now it’s all about the contracts and money split.
The fight between Paul (pictured) and Tyson is rumoured to be worth £36million
‘Mike is looking for a certain figure to get into the ring with a profit share guarantee.
‘Jake obviously has that on his mind but is keen to show the world that stepping into the ring with a man once called the baddest man on the planet, takes his boxing career to the next level.
‘This fight bridges the gap between old school boxing fans and the new generation of followers.’
The source added that organisers hope the bout will generate as much as £36million as a live and pay per view event.
Tyson (pictured) is more than 30 years older than his potential opponent Paul
Paul recently knocked former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley out cold – ending their rivalry following a split decision earlier in 2021.
He has also beaten fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, basketball player Nate Robinson and another MMA star Ben Askren.
Paul has since been flirting with the idea of competing in MMA and was even seen practising his leg kicks.
Fans were however not impressed with the American’s technique, insisting he will be knocked out if he steps foot in the MMA world, and instead urging him to remain in boxing.