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Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul fight rules branded "ridiculous" ahead of boxing bout


The fight rules for Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul have been slammed by Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren.

'Iron Mike' will be 58 years old when he fights social media star Paul on July 20 at the 80,000 seat Dallas Cowboys stadium. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations have confirmed the fight will go ahead as a professional bout, meaning it will go on both men's records despite there being a 31-year gap between them.

Queensbury Promotions Warren reacted to the fight being professionally sanctioned by telling talkSPORT: "I'm a big fan of Jake Paul as a promoter and his business partner Nakisa [Bidarian]. They're very smart operators and they obviously see this is fight will generate public interest and money.

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"But let's get it right, Mike Tyson is 58 years of age and he shouldn't be fighting. It's as simple as that. If it was an exhibition, you'd get half away with that, but the fact that Texas have licensed the 58-year-old to fight. "What does anybody need to say about that? Anyone with an ounce of brains knows that it is ridiculous.

"Let's get it right, you can be on a motorway stuck in a traffic jam and you get to the end of it. All it is, is people who have stopped to look at a crash and that's what this is. What will happen for one round is you're going to get vintage Mike Tyson, he'll come out throwing bombs for one round and then it'll be a 58-year-old guy in the ring with a younger fella."

The controversial fight will contested over eight, two-minute rounds with both Paul and Tyson wearing 14-ounce gloves in the ring and no headgear. Paul has faced heavy criticism for fighting Tyson well past his prime but thinks the former undisputed heavyweight champion will be his toughest opponent to date.

"I wasn't joking when I said this would be a real fight. See you in July, Jake Paul," Tyson tweeted. It's understood that Tyson, who retired almost two decades ago with a professional, record of 50-6 (2NC), will have to pass brain and heart scans to be eligible to fight because of his age.

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