Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson: When is the fight, how to watch it and who is on the undercard

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul square off at a pre-fight press conference
Mike Tyson and Jake Paul square off at a pre-fight press conference - Shutterstock/Adam Davis

The next big match-up between a YouTuber and a ‘proper’ boxer is this summer’s bout between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson.

The match has been officially sanctioned as a professional fight, meaning the outcome will appear on both their records.

However, the fight will have certain conditions, including that the contest can only be eight, two-minute rounds, and 14oz gloves must be worn, rather than 10oz.

Paul, 27, was originally a YouTube star, where he achieved fame posting videos of pranks and hip-hop. His first organised fight was in 2018, in a white-collar boxing event for amateurs. He has since faced a string of other influencers, sports starts and MMA fighters. His only bout with an active professional boxer was last year, when he lost to Tommy Fury.

Tyson, now 57, is among the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. He twice reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and won 50 of his 58 professional fights, 44 of them by knockout. Tyson retired in 2005 but took on an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr in 2002 (the result was a draw).

When is Jake Paul v Mike Tyson?

The fight is on Saturday, July 20. The timing of the ringwalk is yet to be confirmed. However, as Arlington is five hours behind the UK, the main event is likely to be at around 4am-5am in the early hours of Sunday for UK fight fans.

Where is the fight being held?

The fight will be held in Arlington, Texas at the AT&T Stadium. The 80,000-capacity stadium is the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and hosted the 2011 Super Bowl.

How can I watch it in the UK?

The fight will be exclusively streamed live on Netflix. A paid subscription will be required. A standard subscription plan in the UK costs £10.99 a month.

Who is on the undercard line-up?

  • Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano 2 (for IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles)

  • H2O Sylve vs ‘Kid Austin’ Floyd Schofield

  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs star Darren Till

What are the latest odds?

  • Jake Paul: 4/6

  • Draw: 9/1

  • Mike Tyson: 15/8

Odds correct as of May 24

Betting on the fight? First take a look at these best betting sites ahead of the big clash.

What are they saying?

Paul and Tyson traded insults and expletives during a pre-fight press conference just a few football fields from the site of the planned summer bout, the 80,000-seat home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Paul, 27, downplayed suggestions he still hasn’t had a legitimate opponent, while Tyson simply refused to answer a question about his age. The former heavyweight champion will be 58 on July 20, the date of the fight.

“I don’t see too many people critical about it. Look at this,” Tyson said, pointing to the raucous crowd at an entertainment venue near the site of the fight.

When a reporter suggested there were critics, Tyson said: “Who? Name me somebody. You? Who?”

Tyson, who retired in 2005, was mostly annoyed by the scene and the questions, especially when asked what it meant to have a chance to fill AT&T Stadium.

“I was doing this years ago, so this is nothing new to me,” he said. “This is new to this young boy over here.”

Entering to loud boos, Paul answered with foul language and derogatory gestures, then encouraged and led an expletive-laden chant directed at him by the pro-Tyson crowd.

“I hope you all keep that same energy when I knock this old man out,” Paul said.

“In due time, I will be fighting for a world championship. And I will be making you eat your own words.”

“I respect Mike,” Paul added. “But it’s time. It’s my time now. I will go down as the man who put down Mike Tyson for the last time.”

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has spoken about his distaste for the Paul-Tyson fight, branding it “disgusting” on chat show Piers Morgan Uncensored.

“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.” said the 44-year-old. “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.

“From a financial point of view, with the amount of money that man was paid or partially paid during his career, to get in a ring with a 25-year-old [sic] guy who can’t really fight...

“But for me, I understand it, and I was speaking to the Netflix guys. I don’t think they liked my criticism of the event, [but] I’m never going to lie to you, I’m never going to sugar-coat it. 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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