The potential for a fight between both men is possible in 2022?
In November 2020, Tyson returned to the ring for the first time in 14 years when he faced fellow boxing legend, Roy Jones Jr., in an exhibition match. Fighting eight full rounds for a decision, the bout was declared a draw as it was not scored.
That same night, the younger Paul brother was also in action with former NBA star Nate Robinson. A now-infamous knockout, Paul needed only a minute and 24 seconds in round two to knock Nate Robinson. #
Since then, Paul, 25, has continued to find his footing in the boxing world, racking up victories over the likes of former welterweight MMA champions, Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. Therefore opening the door for a Tyson matchup.
“That could be very interesting,” Tyson said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I never really took it serious, but yeah, that could be really interesting. He’s skilled enough, yes. I’m [going] to give it to him, he’s skilled enough because he’s winning. Even if he’s fighting guys that you don’t believe are good enough fighters, they should be able to beat him but they can’t.
"He is beating people that he shouldn’t really be beating so you got to give him that credit. He’s beating people he really should not be beating. He is doing good for a guy that just doing it and he is doing so much good for boxing.
“Listen, this guy has seven million people following him every time he fights. The champions of the world don’t have that many people following them so what he is doing for boxing is just sensational. No one should be hating on that, let’s just fight ‘em. He’s helping everybody get money. Why are people mad at him?”
“Anything is possible, yes,” Tyson said. “But it has got to happen this year. It has got to happen this year.”
“Thank you to the great Mike Tyson for the respect and opportunity,” Paul tweeted in response to Tyson. “This year we are making it happen.”
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