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Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson: Tale of the Tape

We analyze the credentials and statistics of Jake Paul and Mike Tyson as the pair get set for a mega-fight in Arlington, Texas, which has been rescheduled to November.

Tyson burst on to the heavyweight scene way back in 1985 and in 1986 as a 20-year-old he became the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight title, a record that still stands to this day.

Tyson is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all-time, but he last fought professionally back in 2005 and will be 58 years old by the time he steps into the ring with Paul in the summer.

Paul made his name as a social media star before turning his attentions to boxing, initially with match-ups against other influencers.

The 27-year-old has managed to compile a 9-1 record in the professional ranks largely against opponents who are regarded as MMA fighters, although three of his last four bouts have been against recognised boxers.

Paul has stressed his goal is to claim a world title and taking on Tyson is unlikely to improve his prospects of earning a shot at a belt, but the bout will clearly raise his profile further among more traditional boxing fans who may not have taken too much notice of his career up to this point.

At his peak, Tyson would clearly be far too much for relative novice Paul to handle, but is ‘Iron Mike’ now too old to deliver in the ring?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...

Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson Tale of the Tape

 Fighter Bio

Jake Paul

Mike Tyson

Odds:

-200

+160

Age:

27

57

Nickname:

'The Problem Child’'

'Iron Mike', ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’

Height:

6ft 1ins

5ft 10ins

Reach:

76ins

71ins

Weight:

Cruiserweight

Heavyweight

Trainer:

Shane Mosely

Rafael Cordeiro

Record:

9-1 (6 KOs)

50-6 (44 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (TKO) v Ryan Bourland (March 2024)

Lost- (RTD) v Kevin McBride (June 2005)

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Jake Paul record

Jake Paul had already established himself as a social media personality before making his boxing debut in a white-collar bout in 2018 against another YouTube star, Deji Olatunji. 

Paul claimed a fifth round TKO win and in 2020 he made his professional debut against English YouTuber AnEsonGib, securing a first round victory.

In 2020 Paul and Tyson fought on the same bill as ‘Iron Mike’ took on fellow legend Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition match and Paul came up against former NBA player Nate Robinson.

The Cleveland-native stopped Robinson in the second round and then began facing professional fighters, albeit opponents who were more accustomed to MMA rather than boxing.

Paul picked up victories over Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (twice), and Anderson Silva before his first showdown with an out-and-out boxer, Tommy Fury.

Fury, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, won that bout in February 2023 via a split decision to hand Paul a first loss, but the American came out of the bout with some credit and since then he has been keen to make a name for himself as a serious boxer.

Paul overcame another MMA veteran in his next bout as he outpointed Nate Diaz and then claimed first round KO wins over a pair of legitimate boxers, stopping the 10-1-1 Andre August with a brutal uppercut before overwhelming the 17-2 Ryan Bourland to claim a first round TKO.

‘The Problem Child’ has stressed he wants to work his way up towards a world title shot at cruiserweight. This meeting with Tyson won’t improve on his prospects, but a victory would make him an even bigger draw.

Paul is clearly inexperienced and aside from his bout with Fury he hasn’t been involved in what could be considered a seriously competitive fight, but he has managed to display genuine power and a bit of natural ability in his brief career so far.  

Strengths

Weaknesses

Youth

Inexperience

Fitness

Footwork

Power

Poor defense

Confidence

Slow hands

Mike Tyson record

Tyson is one of the genuine legends of boxing and many consider the American to be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.

However, it is of course worth noting that he will be 58 by the time he steps into the ring with Paul and his last professional fight was nearly 20 years ago.

Tyson made his professional debut way back in 1985 with a first-round knockout of Hector Mercedes. That set the tone for his early career, as he won his first 19 fights inside the distance and 12 of those were in the first round - earning him the nickname ‘Kid Dynamite’.

Tyson became the youngest man to win a heavyweight world title at the age of 20 in 1986 as he stopped Trevor Berbick in the second round to land the WBC belt.

The Brooklyn-native made nine successful defences of that title and added the WBA, and IBF belts to his collection after beating the likes of Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks and Frank Bruno.

Tyson suffered a shock first career defeat to Buster Douglas in Japan in 1990 as he lost his belts, but he became a two-time champion in 1996 with another win over Bruno as he reclaimed the WBC belt.

‘Iron Mike’ then won the WBA belt by beating Bruce Seldon, but suffered a loss to former cruiserweight champion Evander Holyfield in his next bout.

A rematch with Holyfield happened next and produced one of the most infamous moments of Tyson’s storied career as he was disqualified for biting his opponent’s ear in the third round.

There were calls for Tyson to be permanently banned from the sport, but after a suspension his career resumed in 1999.

Tyson never managed to win a world title again and he was stopped by Lennox Lewis in 2002 when challenging for the WBC, IBF, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles.

He won just one of his final three fights after the defeat to Lewis and retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, where he retired in the sixth round.

Tyson has since embarked on a career in the media and has appeared in various reality TV shows, films and podcasts. He did make a return to the ring in 2020 against former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout, in a fight that ended as a split-draw. 

Strengths

Weaknesses

Power

Age

Aggression

Lack of stamina

Experience

Time away from the ring

Balance

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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