Jake Paul declares 'love' for Mike Tyson despite boxing legend talking 's***' as he vows to get postponed fight back on

The fight's promoters are determined to announce a new date
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Jake Paul has expressed his admiration and respect for boxing heavyweight icon Mike Tyson after the latter had to withdraw from their scheduled bout.

The anticipated boxing bout, which was set to take place on 20 July at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, has been put on hold. Tyson, aged 57, cited a recent ulcer flare-up that has prevented him from training as the reason for postponing his return to the ring, following medical advice. Most Valuable Promotions (MVP), who are organising the event with Netflix, have announced that a new date will be confirmed on 7 June. Despite the setback, Paul took to Instagram to commend Tyson's decision, emphasising the importance of his health.

Paul shared his feelings on the situation: "Obviously devastating news, I'm heartbroken, speechless, gutted. We've been working so hard over here, everyone in this camp and I feel bad for everyone in this event, the whole undercard. This opportunity has been ripped from all of us, but I do value Mike's health." He continued to show support for Tyson: "Love that guy, so much respect for him and I want Mike to be healthy. He still says he's going to knock me out and I bought myself some time so Mike is still talking s*** over there. But Mike if you still want to do this, like you've said behind closed doors, I'm ready whenever you're ready."

Paul remained optimistic about the future of the match: "This is too big an opportunity, this fight's going to change the world. I turn all my Ls into Ws - a motto I live by - and the universe makes no mistakes so let's see what's in store, but sorry this didn't work out."

The rescheduling of the bout has thrown several other fights into doubt, including the highly anticipated rematch between light-welterweight champion Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, which was set to occur on the same evening. It's now expected that this fight, along with the rest of the event's card, will be postponed.

Tyson expressed his disappointment, stating: "Unfortunately, due to my ulcer flareup, I have been advised by my doctor to lighten my training for a few weeks to rest and recover. My body is in better overall shape than it has been since the 1990s and I will be back to my full training schedule soon."

MVP echoed the sentiment of fairness and athlete welfare, saying: "Both Mike and Jake are in agreement that it is only fair to ensure that both athletes have equal training time to prepare for this important match and are able to compete at the highest level. The health and wellbeing of athletes is our top priority."

Paul, who last fought in March, has an impressive record with nine wins out of ten bouts since he switched to boxing. The only defeat he suffered was at the hands of Tommy Fury, who won by a split decision in February of the previous year.