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Mike Tyson forced to undergo series of physical tests before Jake Paul fight

Mike Tyson forced to undergo series of physical tests before Jake Paul fight

Iron Mike is no spring chicken, rather a sleeping tiger.

Mike Tyson isn't messing around ahead of his highly anticipated match-up against Jake Paul.

The 57-year-old is getting himself in tip top shape before he steps into the ring for the first time in four years to face the former YouTuber.

Iron Mike hasn't fought since an exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr in 2020, which was scored as a draw.

Meanwhile, this will be Paul's second fight of 2024 following his win over professional boxer Ryan Bourland.

The pair agreed on personal terms last month and Netflix will be the platform-of-choice that'll be streaming the controversial match-up, which will take place in the 80,000-capacity AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Despite rubbing purists up the wrong way, Paul has his sights firmly 'set on becoming a world champion', and in order to prove himself, he must go against the man who many regard as the baddest man on the planet and the most dangerous boxer of all time'.

“It’s crazy to think that in my second pro fight, I went viral for knocking out Nate Robinson on Mike Tyson’s undercard," the 27-year-old said on X.

"Within just two and a half years of founding MVP (Most Valuable Promotions), we’re about to produce the biggest fight in history, a fight in the biggest NFL stadium in the US, broadcast live, on the biggest streaming platform in the world – a testament to all we’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time."

Ahead of the bout, however, Tyson will have to pass brain and heart scans, according to Tela Mange, Communications Manager of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.

Fighters over the age of 36 must provide results from an electroencephalogram (EEG) and an electrocardiogram (EKG) test to compete in the ring.


EEG is used for brain evaluation, while EKG is for the heart.

"We can also request additional testing if we think it’s appropriate,’’ Mange told USA Today Sports.

“It’s pretty common for a promoter to request a date several months out but not immediately provide the proposed card."

Nakisa Bidarian, co-founder of Paul's Most Valuable Promotions, has also taken to social media to address the 'fake' rumours surrounding the fight.

There were even rumours on social media that the rounds would be two minutes instead of three, and 16oz gloves would be used, rather than 10oz.

Some even suggested that there would be no judges present to score the fight.

Bidarian said: "Breaking news, there is no news. Stop spreading fake news. There's no truth to all this stuff around Jake Paul and Mike Tyson.

"Here's what is true, one; Mike Tyson is in unbelievable shape and training like he hasn't in many, many years and is looking scary for Jake Paul.

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"Two, there are no tickets for sale. If you bought tickets those are tickets that don't exist.

"Three, over 85,000 people have signed up to get access to tickets when they go on sale. This is going to be a historic event."

The Problem Child has a record of 9-1, with 6 KOs, while Iron Mike is at 50-6, with 44 KOs.

"I'm very much looking forward to stepping into the ring with Jake Paul," Tyson said.

"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.

"Now I plan to finish him.”

Tyson will face Paul on 20 July.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@jakepaul/@miketyson

Topics: Jake Paul, Mike Tyson, Netflix, Sport, Boxing