Mike Tyson shared a card with Jake Paul on Saturday night, but the heavyweight boxing veteran admitted that he had never heard of the 23-year-old YouTube celebrity until recently.
It was not until Paul and his older brother Logan got involved in high-profile celebrity boxing matches that Tyson’s sons initially referred to siblings.
“I didn’t know he was present until my sons wanted to fight him one day,” Tyson said Saturday night after going to a draw with Roy Jones Jr. “I said, ‘Who are you going to fight? This man? Come on,’ and he was a big star.”
“Everyone knows who he is, and I’m so glad he joined the bandwagon with me and Roy.”
When Tyson returned to the ring for the first time in 15 years, Paul competed in the co-main event and blasted ex-NBA player Nate Robinson with a second-round knockout. Paul is now 2–0 as a professional boxer and plans to devote even more time to advance the game.
While Paul and his brother have received a ton of criticism from boxing purists for their involvement in the sport, Tyson argues that they actually deserve much more credit and much more respect than they have shown so far Huh.
“Listen, my egos say a lot of things, but my reality is that they help so much boxing,” Tyson explained. “Boxing owes these people, they respect these YouTube boxers. They should give them some belts because these people make boxing come alive.
“Boxing was pretty much a dying game. The UFC was hitting our butts, and now we got these YouTube boxers with 25 million views. Boxing is going back. Thanks to the YouTube boxers.”
To put that perspective, the Logan Paul-KSI YouTube pay-per-view where Jake Paul competed on the undercard attracted more than 2.25 million viewers, creating a $ 3.5 million live gate for the event.
Of course, Boxing has had several big events such as the heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deonte Wilder, as well as high profile bouts aired on networks like ESPN with Vasilo Lomchenko with Teofimo Lopez.
While boxing seems to be alive around high-profile fights like those, the UFC is a more consistent product with notable events week-to-week and large-scale events being promoted when Connor McGregor, Israel Adventure or Superstars like Khyb Nurmagomedov compete.
In an age where television networks are struggling to maintain ratings against streaming services and videos appearing on YouTube and TickTalk, earning billions of views, Tyson believes boxers like Paul are actually playing Is required.
Tyson said, “I believe that the higher the score the bigger the game.” Because of being around the UFC, Cause Boxing defeated one or two. “