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27th Mar 2024

Fans have been fooled by Mike Tyson training videos, British boxer claims

Ryan Price

‘Iron Mike’ has been dropping some scary footage on social media ever since his upcoming fight with Jake Paul was announced.

Campbell Hatton, British boxing’s new rising star and son of former world champion Ricky Hatton, has said that fight fans are getting “carried away” over recent footage showing Mike Tyson in training for his return to the ring this summer.

Since the announcement of the fight last month, the 57-year-old has uploaded several clips to his Twitter page showcasing his quick hands and vicious jabs and hooks.

The footage led to many fans issuing warnings to Jake Paul, months ahead of the bout which will take place in Texas in July.

By the time they both step into the ring, Tyson will be 58 years old and YouTube star Paul will be just 27. Regardless of Paul’s age advantage, bookies have made the older boxer a favourite already.

Hatton, on the other hand, Hatton thinks it will be very different when we actually see the former undisputed heavyweight champion in the ring against an opponent 30 years his junior.

Speaking to TalkSport last week, he said: “People get carried away because Tyson looks an absolute monster on the pads and in training.

“But he is now 57 years old. If it was based on how you throw your hands, he would go in there and make a mess of him.

“But he is a 57-year-old bloke, who is being expected now to go through rounds of fighting and taking shots. His punch resistance had already gone in the early 2000s, it can’t have got better and this whole thing is sad to see.”

So far it’s unclear as to whether or not the fight will be classed as an exhibition or professional bout. The number of rounds is also yet to be decided.

Paul’s last fight came in February as he stopped Ryan Bourland in the first round, with his only loss coming to Tommy Fury.

Tyson, on the other hand, has fought just once since retiring in 2005, drawing to Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout in 2020.

Many have criticised the 27-year-old entertainer for agreeing to fight a man thirty years his senior, but Paul insists that “people are underestimating me being able to deal with his power, and that is something that is going to make it interesting.”

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Speaking on his podcast, B/S with Jake Paul recently, the former Disney actor said: “This is definitely the toughest, most savage, lethal opponent – regardless of age, because power is the last thing to go.

“But the reaction and reception of it has been insane,” he added. “I almost can’t even believe it – so very surreal, very, very, very grateful for all of that.

“I want to see how hard he hits. Mike, I really want to see, bro. Let’s see all the legends, the myths, because you’re ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson – but I have an iron chin. People know that. I take shots.”

Tyson vs Paul will also be streamed on Netflix. It will be the third time that the major streaming company will venture into live sports broadcasting, following on from The Netflix Cup and The Netflix Slam last year.

23 year old Hatton also thinks new fans to the sport will get the wrong idea.

He said: “If Jake Paul goes in there and knocks him out because of punch resistance and age, you don’t want them thinking Paul has got the better of him.

“It could very easily happen Paul going in there and beating him, and it gives a wrong reading to these up and coming fans who have got into boxing through the YouTube scene.

“You don’t want the new audience getting the wrong idea, and they could do from this.”

Hatton lost by unanimous decision to James Flint in Sheffield on Saturday night, marking the maiden defeat of his career.

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