The former heavyweight champion has not fought since he shared a bill with Paul in 2020
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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has named his price for fighting Jake Paul if he enters the ring for the first time since 2020 against the YouTuber and rookie pugilist.
Tyson, 55, last laced up gloves to take on former pound-for-pound great Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout in late November 2020.
Rumors then circled early last year that the figure once known as the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ would meet an old nemesis in Evander Holyfield, whose ear Tyson famously bit off in their second meeting in 1997. Talks reportedly broke down over pay.
Tyson also claimed that he would take on former champion Lennox Lewis in September, but those plans fell apart too.
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There has been consistent talk of a fight with Paul has been and Tyson has now named his price for facing off against the prankster who now boasts a 5-0 record after beating Ben Askren once and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley twice in 2021.
“Nobody told me that. Hey, I ain’t got no f*cking money. So where’s the f**king contract?” Tyson said when probed on the likelihood of fighting Paul during an episode of his famous Hotboxin’ podcast.
“I ain’t know nothing about it. Listen, I’ve been smoking with him forever, I did some shrooms [mushrooms] with him as well. But I’ve never heard this.
“I was with him in St. Barths not too long ago partying and he never told me this. I’ve never heard this from nobody, I’ve just heard this from you guys.”
When he was asked the cost of making the fight materialize, Tyson chuckled: “A billion bucks.”