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Mike Tyson and Jake Paul Poised for Epic Showdown in Sanctioned Professional Match, Reports Say

The upcoming match scheduled between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul in Texas has the potential to be classified as a professional boxing bout, as per recent reports.

Last weekend, it was disclosed that Jake Paul, a social media personality with a boxing record of 9-1 over the past few years, will be facing off against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in Arlington, Texas on July 20. The announcement raised immediate questions regarding the details of the fight, particularly the significant age gap of three decades between the 27-year-old Paul and the 58-year-old Tyson at the time of the match.

According to information from talkSPORT’s Michael Benson, who referenced a report by Ariel Helwani, the event organizers are currently in the process of seeking approval from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to regulate the fight. The TDLR is the state’s governing body responsible for overseeing combat sports.

Despite efforts to gain approval, the TDLR has not yet formalized any decision regarding the match.

Officially Sanctioned Match or Exhibition?

Reports indicate that there is a possibility for the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson showdown to be officially recognized as a professional boxing match, pending a final decision from the Texas Commission. Should it be designated as an exhibition, it would resemble Tyson’s previous exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. in 2020, which ended in a draw after eight rounds and without headgear.

If approved as a professional fight, this would mark Tyson’s first sanctioned bout since his defeat to Kevin McBride in June 2005.

On the other hand, Jake Paul secured his ninth professional victory by defeating Ryan Bourland in Puerto Rico earlier this month within the first round.

The match between Tyson and Paul on July 20 will exclusively air on the Netflix streaming platform for subscribers.

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