Mike Tyson told Jake Paul rule change will work in his favour as he targets blockbuster bout victory

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Mike Tyson and Jake Paul -Credit:Getty Images for Triller

Mike Tyson has been informed that the specific rule of two-minute rounds could play to his advantage in the upcoming bout against Jake Paul.

The boxing legend, known as 'Iron Mike', is set to make a comeback on July 20 when he takes on the internet star Paul, with a potential crowd of up to 80,000 spectators expected to watch the event. Despite Tyson being 58 years old on the night of the fight, the clash has received official sanctioning as a professional match by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.

The fighters will don 14oz gloves and forgo headgear, engaging in eight rounds of two minutes each. This deviation from the traditional three-minute rounds has sparked debate among fans over whether the fight should be considered a professional contest.However, Olympic silver medalist and rising boxing talent Ben Whittaker sees the shorter rounds as an advantage for Tyson, reports the Mirror.

"Even if he does get tired the round is done before he knows it .Jake is going to come out to make a statement, if he can bang out Tyson no matter what age he is, he will be buzzing.

"It's one of those things that when you're a fighter, it's probably hard to get out of that cycle," Whittaker expressed to Mirror Fighting. "It's Tyson's way of keeping himself in that routine and I can understand it because when you've had breaks you want to fight.

"He's had a great legacy and you don't want a YouTuber to do what he might do, which he could because he's in shape and he's active. As long as Tyson is happy and is making money, that's it. He didn't get forced to sign it, so he signed it for a reason."

Mike Tyson, who hasn't secured a professional win in nearly 20 years since retiring during his match with Kevin McBridge in 2005, made a comeback for an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr in November 2020. The fight was not officially scored.

Jake Paul expressed his admiration for Tyson, saying, "I love Mike Tyson. Legend," and added, "Honoured to share the ring with him. But the legend has stated he intends to end my career, so what do you think I'm going to do on Saturday July 20? Uncle Mike, I love you. You're looking amazing, but there can only be one winner. I've got to end you brother."