Jake Paul labels Mike Tyson fight 'weird' as exhibition bout looks dead

An exhibition bout between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson looks further away after the Youtuber claimed a fight with his older opponent would be "weird".

Jake Paul says a fight with Mike Tyson would be "weird", but confirmed that he would be willing to take on the former heavyweight world champion.

At 55, Tyson is old enough to be Paul's father and the US Youtuber admits that a fight between the pair would be strange.

Talk has been raging for some time that an exhibition bout between the duo was on course. And last month Paul had reportedly agreed terms over a $50million Las Vegas showdown.

But Paul, 25, has said that there have been no talks between the parties over a clash in the ring.

"It's not real. I would fight him, though, but there were never any discussions about that," Paul told The MMA Hour.

"He said it himself, I saw him in St Barts [the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy] on New Year's and it was very cordial. We took a picture together... he's a friend.

"If we were to fight, it would be weird. I don't know if I'd want that but there have been no discussions."

Tyson came out of retirement to fight Roy Jones Jr, 53, in 2020, an exhibition match that ended in a split draw.

Tyson though recently stated his desire to get back into the ring with another exhibition bout was not in his thinking.

"I'm not even interested in doing this stuff," said Tyson.

"It was just fun at first. If it was back when I first started, yes, and we were both fighting on the same card and both active, yeah, we could do it. But, it just turned ... it just turned bad. It didn't turn out right.

"I wanted to do it the first time just for fun to have fun and then some people took it to another level and made it financial, and then the fun went out of it."

Paul calls out White again

Paul has five wins and four KOs in his professional career having beaten Ali Eson Gib, NBA star Nate Robinson and UFC fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.

His latest win over Woodley was a brutal one-punch finish in round six.

He is currently embroiled in a war of words with Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Paul wants better health rights and pay for UFC fighters and recently released an aptly-named track called the 'Dana White Diss Track'.

"Dana, pay your fighters more. Give them healthcare, you scumbag. I haven't met a single person who says anything good about you.

"I passed my drug test and you went silent. I'm keeping my foot on your neck until you tap, bitch," says Paul in the video, which has been viewed almost 2.5 million times.

"Stop raising your pay-per-view prices on the fans and not paying fighters more. Greedy, old, lonely, bald, bitch."

Paul to fight Nurmagomedov?

Paul will return to the ring later this year to continue his professional career. And he says it would take up to $35m to consider stepping back into UFC with with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Cleveland-born star earned around £26m in boxing fights in 2021 and has admitted he would consider a face off with retired UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.

"Not in the near future," Paul told the MMA Hour about a potential switch to MMA. "I would need to practice my kicks for like two years unless the money was right.

"No-one has brought anything to the table, even Khabib said they offered me a deal but it's not true. I would need more than what I make in boxing to risk what I would make in MMA right now.

"People would have to come with $25- $35million to even begin a conversation with me. But I would fight Khabib in MMA if they wanted to make that offer. That would excite me if they wanted to make that offer.

"The fight would be massive right, would probably sell a million to two million pay-per-view buys. All I would have to do is practice my wrestling because I think I could out-strike him standing up."

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