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“This Is a Fight!” Mike Tyson Refuses to Fight Jake Paul Under Exhibition Rules

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As the highly anticipated boxing match between YouTube sensation Jake Paul and the veteran boxer Mike Tyson draws near, the hype around the event seems to be increasing.

Jake Paul, who is known to be quite controversial, has taken everyone by surprise with his choice of opponent. This time, he has chosen to step into the ring with the seasoned veteran, Mike Tyson. He may be unconventional, but Paul has proven himself in the ring, winning 9 out of 10 of his professional fights and attracting a new audience to the sport.

In a recent interview on Fox News, Mike Tyson shared his thoughts on the upcoming match, as usual, showing much confidence in his training and asserting that he maintains the speed advantage over his 27-year-old counterpart.

“I don’t think he’s faster than me,” Tyson said, referring to Jake Paul. “I train every day. I take it serious.”

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“It’s the process of going through the whole day. I get up in the morning and do the road work. Then I go to the gym at 1, then I go to the strength and conditioning guy, then it starts all over again.”

Tyson also took a moment to acknowledge Paul’s evolution from a comedic figure on YouTube to a serious contender in the boxing world. Reflecting on Paul’s transformation, Tyson remarked, “He’s come a long way from YouTube-ing. Listen, I’ve seen a YouTube of him at 16 doing weird dances, that’s not the guy I’m going to be fighting.”

“This guy is going to come, he’s going to try and hurt me, which I’m accustomed to. And he’s going to be greatly mistaken.”

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Tyson began referencing rumors surrounding the fight. He clarified that despite speculation about the use of larger gloves and headgear, this would indeed be a legitimate fight.

“[The rumors are] not true. Listen, this is called an exhibition but if you look up exhibition, you will not see any of the laws that we’re fighting under. This is a fight.” Tyson asserted.

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At nearly 58 years old, Tyson opened up about his decision to return to the ring, making reference to his willingness to confront his fears and take on challenges.

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“Whatever I’m afraid to do, I do it. And that’s how it is. I was afraid for the Roy [Jones Jr.] fight. I was scared to fight again, I was 100lbs overweight. I was however old, 54 [or] 53, and I said, ‘Let’s do it’.”

“Anything I’m afraid of, I confront it and that’s my personality. Like, right now, I’m scared to death. But as the fight gets closer, the less nervous I become because it’s reality, and in reality, I’m invincible.”

“I always believed that adversity or nervousness, it pretty much catapulted me into success. If I didn’t have these feelings, I wouldn’t go into this fight. I have to have these feelings to fight, without them, I would never go in the ring.”

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“I will do just that [teach him a lesson], but dislike him? No, I don’t. I do not have [any] grudges against him. He’s beautiful and no, it’s not from that perspective.”

“This is from my point of view of grabbing glory, you know? Never for money, only glory. I would never risk my health for money.”

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