Mike Tyson 'doesn't give a s**t anymore' as Jake Paul fight approaches - 'I know what he's doing'

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Mike Tyson and Jake Paul will fight later this year

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 29/05/2024

- 09:33

Updated: 29/05/2024

- 10:07

The boxing icon is returning to the ring later this year

Tony Bellew thinks Mike Tyson 'doesn't give a s**t anymore' ahead of his fight with Jake Paul later this year.

The bout is a controversial one, with many unhappy that it's set to be sanctioned as a professional fight.


Rounds will be two minutes, instead of the usual three, while fighters are set to wear 14-ounce gloves.

There is a huge age gap between the two fighters, too, with Tyson currently 57 - while his opponent is 27.

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Mike Tyson has faced scrutiny after agreeing to fight Jake Paul later this year

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Bellew has been critical of the fight in the past.

And the former boxing star, speaking to AceOdds, has now criticised the upcoming clash once more - while also expressing a belief Tyson 'doesn't give a s**t'.

"How the f**k has that been getting registered as a professional bout?" he raged.

"It's got 14-ounce gloves and you're fighting two-minute rounds. What the f**k is going on? Who's commissioned that? Who's approving that?

"That idiot Jake Paul just wants to be on Mike Tyson's record. I mean, it is f***ing insane.

"I know what Mike's doing. Mike doesn't give a s**t anymore, and I understand why he doesn't give a shit about his record, but how are you passing this?

"Mike Tyson's whole career has been fought over three-minute rounds. How is he allowing a two-minute round bout to go on his professional record?

"This is just because of the pure audacity and the f***ing class of someone like Jake Paul wanting to go on Mike Tyson's professional resume.

"It's insane and if boxing was all governed under one set of rules, then all professional fights would be over three-minute rounds.

"The women's code is over two-minute rounds, not the men's.

"So why is a bout over two-minute rounds being deemed as a professional bout? It's a disgrace. It's an absolute p**s take."

Bellew does think shorter rounds can 'make boxing great again', however.

"But that's the way to make boxing great again," he continued.

"Boxing is becoming great again and I must say this, people won't like what I'm about to say, but boxing's being made great again because the best are fighting the best, and that's down to his excellency, Turki Alalshikh.

"He's going to end up making all the big fights happen and the big fights haven't been able to happen because of the likes of your promoters, your managers.

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Tony Bellew believes Mike Tyson 'doesn't give a s**t anymore' ahead of his fight with Jake Paul

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"They all have got these agendas, and now he's actually taking that into his own hands and he's making it happen.

"He's changing it up. He's changing the game and I can't give him enough credit to be fair.

"We're seeing the great fights we've always wanted to see and that's down to Turki Alalshikh.

"There is a way that you can make boxing transparent and make it do the right things.

"And that, in my opinion, is ultimately doing what I've just said.

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Mike Tyson is set to fight Jake Paul as planned despite a recent health scare

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"All the governing bodies, all the sanctioning bodies, all the states, all of these things, coinciding inside a set of rules and these rules can't be broken.

"That's how you then make boxing great again."

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