OFFICIAL: Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson will be a REAL SANCTIONED FIGHT, and NOT an exhibition

When that Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson Netflix spectacular was announced recently, many placed it firmly in the drawer marked gimmick – an exhibition that only the really curious would watch. Not so fast.

Breaking news on Monday is that the event booked for Saturday July 20 in Arlington WILL be an officially sanctioned professional fight under the jurisdiction of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR).

The 27-year-old YouTuber turned fighter Paul (9-1 with 6KOs), will lock horns with former undisputed heavyweight king Tyson (now aged 57 and with a record of 50-6) in a bout which will be contested over eight x two-minute rounds with 14oz gloves.

Paul vs Tyson not for everybody

Of course Monday’s news won’t delight everybody, recently Eddie Hearn said he didn’t like the fact Tyson was return at his ripe old age, but he did admit people would undoubtedly watch it.

Paul meanwhile has suffered just one defeat, at the hands of Tyson Fury’s brother – Love Island star turned light-heavyweight hopeful Tommy Fury.

The big show – which goes down at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys – does have an intriguing co-main event as well, the rematch of that epic Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano blockbuster which thrilled a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden back in 2022.

Tickets for Paul vs. Tyson and Taylor vs Serrano 2 will go on sale May 16 at 12pm ET (5pm UK, 9am PST).