Mike Tyson And Jake Paul To Fight On Netflix

In a generational showdown that no one asked for but many will watch, 57-year-old Mike Tyson will climb into the square circle in July with 27-year-old Jake Paul. And the surprising Texas Stadium event will be streamed live on Netflix.

Many rightfully ask if this obviously intriguing spectacle at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium is coming thirty years too late?

Never mind that social media heavyweight Jake Paul was not even born then. The serious question is how will a former heavyweight champion of the world who is nearing Social Security age hold up against a young and dangerous foe?

Netflix played up the coming event with a 19-second promotional video featuring Paul emerging from a helicopter onto a rooftop. He developed into a major star from his Disney roots and established himself in the fight world as a serious player.

Mike Tyson, meanwhile, is only one of the — if not the — greatest boxer of all time.

But that was many years ago, and just two years ago he was filmed entering a building using a cane to walk. Tyson will celebrate his 58th birthday before the July brawl.

The reasoning is obvious for Netflix.

Despite or because of the carnival atmosphere that undoubtedly will surround the bout, this will be a major draw. It is the first fight to stream on the platform and the second live event it will offer.

The first for Netflix was a comedy special, “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage,” which drew a record streaming audience in March 2023.

Again, Tyson will be 58. He has not had an official boxing match since he lost to Kevin McBride on June 11, 2005. He fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition in 2020 that also showcased Paul knocking out former NBA guard Nate Robinson.

But Tyson is not Tyson if he’s not brimming with confidence.

The former champion said Paul has “grown significantly as a boxer over the years, so it will be a lot of fun to see what the will and ambition of a ‘kid’ can do with the experience and aptitude of a GOAT.”

Tyson’s statement continued. “It is a full-circle moment that will be beyond thrilling to watch, as I started him on his boxing journey on the undercard of my fight with Roy Jones, and now I plan to finish him.”