What will Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul fight rules be? It depends on who you ask.

Jake Paul pushed back on speculation his fight against Mike Tyson scheduled for July 20 in Texas will be an exhibition.

“Mike and I want this to be a pro fight, full face shots,'' Paul said Wednesday night during an interview on Fox News. "We’re submitting that request to the (boxing) commission. It’s an all-out war.''

But Tyson, during an April 2 interview on Fox News, told Sean Hannity the fight would be an exhibition.

And Bryce Holden, the promoter for the fight, told USA TODAY Sports earlier Wednesday he has submitted no requests to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR), which oversees combat sports in the state and determines whether a fight will be a pro bout, an exhibition or approved at all.

Holden, the principal of Holden Boxing LLC, declined to discuss whether he will request the bout be a pro fight or exhibition. But he said he's in talks with officials who regulate combat sports in Texas. The bout is set to be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

A matter of ongoing speculation, the rules for the Tyson-Paul fight scheduled for July 20 remain undetermined, the promoter told USA TODAY Sports.

Will the Jake Paul-Mike Tyson fight be a pro bout or an exhibition?
Will the Jake Paul-Mike Tyson fight be a pro bout or an exhibition?

“It’s just been conversations to understand what could be possible, what is impossible and then us speaking to the camps (of Tyson and Paul),’’ said Holden, who added that he is “hoping to get to a resolution here soon.’’

What remains undecided is whether the fight will be a sanctioned pro bout or exhibition along with the number of scheduled rounds, whether the rounds will be two minutes or three minutes long and the weight of the gloves.

“We’re aware that a lot of people have grown interested in the distinction and what’s going to happen and take place,’’ Holden said. “But for now it’s just, I’m close to the guys at the (Texas) commission, we have a good working relationship, so we’re talking a lot about the event as a whole.’’

Who will make decision on fight rules?

The Texas Department of Licensing Regulations (TDLR) initially told USA TODAY Sports an exhibition in Texas calls for two-minute rounds and 16-ounce gloves instead of the 10-ounce gloves Tyson used to deliver devastating knockouts during his pro career.

But subsequently, the TDLR said, “Rules are not fixed and each bout is subject to review.’’

The TDLR has declined comment on whether the proposed fight between Tyson and Paul would be a pro fight, exhibition fight or what rules would be used. Tela Mange, communications manager for TDLR, said a determination cannot be made until a promoter submits the fight cards.

Holden confirmed with USA TODAY Sports he has not submitted fight cards that would include details he is negotiating with TDLR officials.

Mange said by email, “TDLR carefully reviews fighters for each bout, examining their backgrounds (record, age, win/loss streak, amount of time spent out of the ring between bouts, etc.) to determine whether a contest should be a professional bout, an exhibition, or whether a contest should happen at all, based on whether an opponent is outclassed because of experience or other factors.’’

Tyson, who will be 58 in June, is 50-6 with 44 knockouts and last fought professionally in 2005. Paul, 27, is 9-1 with six knockouts since turning pro in 2020.

Tickets for the Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul fight

Tickets are expected to go on sale within the next 45 days, Holden said.

He did not provide information about ticket prices but did say he thinks a sellout is possible in the 80,000-seat stadium.

“I definitely think we can sell it out,’’ Holden said. “I think the interest in this event, we knew would be strong, but the way it’s entered the zeitgeist has been pretty incredible. Moreso than I imagined.’’

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