Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson might be a genuine thing, Tyson Fury is still planning to drive off into the sunset after his win over Dillian Whyte and Daniel Dubois has an intriguing heavyweight showdown in the pipeline.
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Jake Paul Interested In Fight Against Mike Tyson
Jake Paul has responded to claims from Mike Tyson earlier this week suggesting the former heavyweight champion would be interested in a fight with the YouTuber if their fight would break the pay-per-view record.
Speaking to Joe Rogan on his Hotboxin’ podcast, Tyson admitted he’d be willing to face ‘The Problem Child’ in the ring in a bid to break the previous PPV record held by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s 2015 bout (4.6m).
“Let’s do it Jakey, God wouldn’t that be cool?,” the 55-year-old told Rogan. He then added, “Jake Paul, believe it or not, is more profitable than the champs, this guy probably brings about 80 million people to the table.”
Paul seems keen on a cross-generational showdown and is confident a fight with the Baddest Man On The Planet would come close to breaking a PPV record.
"The old generation of boxing with the new generation of boxing, all being mixed into one,” Paul told Boxing Social. “As Mike Tyson said on the Joe Rogan podcast, it would be one of the biggest pay-per-views of all time.
"Together when we were on the same card, we sold almost two million pay-per-views. It could be three million pay-per-views, four million pay-per-views. Mike Tyson like you said on the podcast, if you're watching this, let's make the fight happen. I'm ready and I think I would win, Mike thinks he would win, so let's do it."
Tyson Fury Reiterates Desire To Retire From Boxing
Tyson Fury has doubled down on his claims that he won’t be returning to the boxing ring after his sensational stoppage win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium last weekend.
Fury stopped the Body Snatcher in six rounds in front of 94,000 on Saturday and, should he hang up his gloves now, the 33-year-old retires with a 32-0-1 (23) record and would join Rocky Marciano, 49-0 (43), as the only other heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.
"This is the truth, the gospel truth, nothing but the truth - I'm done," Fury told Piers Morgan Uncensored on Talk TV. "Every good dog has its day and like the great Roman leader said, there will always be somebody else to fight.
"When is enough enough? I'm happy, I'm healthy, I've still got my brains and I can still talk. I've got a beautiful wife, six kids, I've got umpteen belts, plenty of money, success, fame, glory - what more am I doing it for?
"Boxing is a very dangerous sport. You can be taken out with one punch as we've seen on Saturday and it's one unlucky blow and you may not get up off that canvas.
"I'm quitting while I'm ahead, I'm undefeated and only the second man in history to retire as undefeated heavyweight champion. I'm very, very happy, very content in my heart with what I've done and what I've achieved."
Joyce vs Parker Heading For June 2nd - Juggernaut Urges Fury Not To Retire
Joe Joyce says that his heavyweight contest with former WBO world champion Joseph Parker will likely land on June 2nd and has urged Tyson Fury to postpone his retirement so that he the pair can face each other in the future.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Juggernaut said, "I'm back sparring and ready to get back to Las Vegas and back training with a proper solid camp for Parker.
"That's scheduled for July 2 - it's not 100 per cent done yet but it's pretty much there.
"Both myself and Parker want it; we're both similar, friendly guys but once we get in that ring it's going to be a different story.
"I'm No 1 in the WBO rankings and he's No 2. I'm two in WBC and he's three, so what better fight out there for both of us?"
Asked whether Fury has more fights ahead of him, the Olympic silver medallist added, "He better have because I want to fight him at one stage. If he wants it, I'm here.
"Sometimes, I guess, Fury can get a bit complacent. I thought maybe Dillian might have a chance to land the overhand right or work the body shots, but [Tyson] stayed switched on and dealt with it.
"You could see his focus and determination; he wasn't taking his eye off the ball. He is so skilled."
Daniel Dubois To Fight For WBA ‘Regular’ Heavyweight Title
Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois is scheduled to take on WBA ‘regular’ title-holder Trevor Bryan on June 11th.
In March, Bryan’s promoter Don King outbid Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, who represent Dubois, to stage the fight with an offer of $3,116,001 compared to $2,503,000 from Queensbury.
Unbeaten American Bryan won the vacant WBA strap in January 2021 by stopping former world champion Bermane Stiverne in the 11 rounds, before following it up with a split decision against Jonathan Guidry a year later.
Dubois, 24, has only been beaten once in 18 fights, losing by knockout to Joe Joyce in 2020. ‘DDD’ has won both of his outings since that defeat to his fellow countryman and will be, arguably, the toughest opponent Bryan has ever stepped in with.
Jesse Rodriguez And Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Set For Super Flyweight Title Scrap
Jesse Rodriguez will defend his WBC super flyweight title against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on a bumper bill of boxing that takes place in his hometown of San Antonio on June 25.
‘Bam’ Rodriguez, 22, makes the first defence of the belt he won by flooring former world titlist Carlos Cuadras in February, becoming the sport’s current youngest champion in the process. First title defences surely don’t get much tougher than Sor Rungvisai though, a two-time former super flyweight champion and pound-for-pound list regular over the years.
“Fighting a guy like Rungvisai is going to bring me to a whole new level,” said Rodriguez. “He's a great fighter but this is my time now. You have to take risks in this sport, that's what special fighters do. They said it was a risk me challenging for a world title fight on short notice and now they say it's a risk taking on a fighter like Rungvisai but this is what I want. These are the types of fights you need so you can be remembered by the fans long after your career is done.”
Elsewhere on a blockbuster night in Texas, Julio Cesar Martinez and McWilliams Arroyo face each other in a rematch of the pair’s 2021 bout for Martinez’s WBC world flyweight title, IBF and WBA world super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev defends his titles against Ronny Rios and undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill makes the third defence of her titles.