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Deontay Wilder opposes licensing Mike Tyson to fight Jake Paul

Deontay Wilder opposes licensing Mike Tyson to fight Jake Paul

Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder has claimed that no one cares about Mike Tyson ahead of his fight against Jake Paul.

On July 20, Tyson will come out of retirement and take on Paul at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The fight is set to be streamed on the popular platform, Netflix, who wrote on social media: “It’s JAKE PAUL vs. MIKE TYSON — yes, really! — in a LIVE BOXING event at AT&T Stadium you won’t want to miss. Airing live on Netflix Saturday, July 20 #PaulTyson.”

Ahead of the bout, whilst making his prediction for the fight, Wilder claimed that no one cares about “Iron Mike’.

During an interview with Sportsbook Review, Wilder said: “I think that it’s bad the commission has licensed Mike Tyson because he hasn’t been active in 20 years, so they should not just licence him because of who he is, that’s how people get hurt, god forbid he gets hurt.

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“People can get hit in the wrong place and at the wrong time, there’s lots of examples where guys have been hit into a coma. It’s easy to do. He’s too old for this. At the end of the day, no one gives a f*** about Mike. We can talk about the pros and cons, but at the end of the day, they don’t give a f***.”

He added: “I don’t think anyone cares about Mike because if they did they wouldn’t sanction the fight. They may say they’ve done tests and all that, ok, but as long as you’re willing to suffer the consequences if something bad goes wrong.

“His power may not have left completely but you still need to set it up, your stamina needs to be a certain way, or it’s going to look like a clown show. I don’t want to see it to be honest. I don’t want to see one of my legends fight a YouTuber.

“If he goes in there and he knocks Mike out, that’s going to tarnish the reputation of Mike. I don’t want the last thing I remember of him is him getting knocked out by a Youtuber. The last thing you do, that’s what people remember you by.”

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