Mike Tyson has insisted that he has no intention of fighting Jake Paul in 2022 after the pair were linked with a stunning boxing bout following the YouTuber’s second win over Tyron Woodley.
The former heavyweight champion of the world and ex-Disney actor have become close friends over the past few years, leading to theories that they could make millions by organising a boxing bout.
With Iron Mike swiftly denying that talks had taken place, the 55-year-old has now doubled down on his stance while talking about his exhibition bout under the Triller banner in 2020.
Although his comeback went the distance against Jones Jr, he had been praised for his condition and express a desire to get back into the ring a few months later.
Appearing on the Full Send Podcast in early 2022, Tyson said: “I’m not even interested in doing this stuff.
“If it was back when it first started, yes, and we were both fighting on the same card and both active, yeah I would do it but it just turned bad. It didn’t turn out right.”
Having said when asked if he had been paid in full for his most recent exhibition: “Most of it, but there’s still a bunch that’s held up and I can’t even say anything about this. Yeah, it was really tricky.”
With fellow guest Dana White adding: “Yeah, that’s what they should call it. Tricky instead of Triller.”
Despite his refusal to consider a bout, Tyson had previously mentioned what would happen if he had met Paul in the ring. He said: “My family love Jake Paul.”
Adding when asked if he could knock him out: “So f easy. Yeah, but I would never.
“I’d be against my own f* family. They love this little white motherf* You know what I mean?
“He got balls. He’s got f* balls. When you see a white boy with balls, you know. I’m talking about for real, but f you motherf. Yeah, but nah man, let him have his f*** reign.”