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Jake Paul has stepped into the ring with Mike Tyson and gone all the way in an eight-round blockbuster.
Well, sort of.
Boxing fans have pitted the two against each other in a video game simulation – and Paul may not be too happy with the end result.
Boxing royalty Tyson recently suggested he’d be interested in fighting ‘The Problem Child’ while talking to Jimmy Kimmel.
Iron Mike was asked about a fight with the YouTuber-turned-boxer and replied that he's happily step in the ring with him... but under one condition.
The 55-year-old insisted a potential showdown must happen this year.
Thank you to the great Mike Tyson for the respect and opportunity. This year we are making it happen. pic.twitter.com/dlGQUf2EP0— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) June 18, 2022
Asked whether he'd face Paul, Tyson replied: "That could be very interesting. I never really took it serious, but yeah, it could be really interesting."
He added: "Everything is possible, yeah. But it's gotta happen this year. It's gotta happen this year."
However, fans from Boxing Fight Simulations couldn’t wait another minute and decided to have Tyson fight Paul using the classic EA Sports Fight Night Champion game.
Posting the video to their YouTube, Tyson looked in fine form with his iconic face tattoo, shaved head, and beard while testing Paul with some hard hooks early on.
Meanwhile, Paul’s character looked less than convincing.
Besides his blonde hair and tattoos, you’d be hard-pressed to find many more resemblances.
The pair slugged it out at Cowboys Stadium for 24 minutes going all the way and coming down to the judge’s score cards.
Paul took out the opening two rounds, however, Tyson fought valiantly to come back to clinch it 77-75 from all three judges for a unanimous points victory.
The video game glory could be a taste of what's come with Paul tweeting his support in making the bout a reality, while also showing his admiration for the legend.
“Thank you to the great Mike Tyson for the respect and opportunity. This year we are making it happen," he tweeted, accompanied with a video of Tyson talking up a possible clash.
Considering 44 of Mike Tyson’s 50 wins came by knockout, and only one of Jake Paul’s five fights has gone the distance, it would be quite the surprise if this potential bout came down to a judge’s decision.
Paul’s victories have come against YouTuber AnEsonGib, basketballer Nate Robinson, MMA fighter Ben Askren, and two against former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
Despite not facing a ‘real fighter’, Tyson has defended Paul’s boxing skill while also praising him for bringing eyes onto the sport.
He told Jimmy Kimmel: “He is beating people that he shouldn’t really be beating so you have to give him credit. He is doing good and he is doing things that are great for boxing.
“This guy has 7 million people following him every time he fights.
"The champions of the world don’t have that many people following him so what he is doing for boxing is sensational.
"No one should be hating on him, what this kid is doing they should be following him.”