"I'm scared to death". Mike Tyson made a peculiar confession ahead of his bout with Jake Paul

Boxing News 03 apr 2024, 11:05
"I'm scared to death". Mike Tyson made a peculiar confession ahead of his bout with Jake Paul Photo: Jake Paul - Instagram

The legendary Mike Tyson has admitted to feeling apprehensive about boxing against the YouTuber Jake Paul, but insists that nerves will only benefit him.

Iron Mike believes that the ability to overcome fear is his strong suit. At the time of stepping into the ring, Tyson will be 58 years old.

"I have a weird personality - I don't think it's weird though. Whatever I'm afraid to do, I do it. That's how it is.

I was afraid of the Roy [Jones] fight. I was 100 pounds overweight, I was however old, 54, 53, and I said ‘Let’s do it.' Anything I'm afraid of, I confront it. That's my personality. Right now, I'm scared to death.

I always believed that adversity and nervousness pretty much catapulted me into success. If I didn't have these feelings, I wouldn't go into this fight. I have to have these feelings to fight. Without them, I would never go in the ring.

As the fight gets closer, the less nervous I become because it's reality, and in reality, I'm invincible." Tyson told Fox News.

As a reminder, the exhibition match between Tyson and Paul is scheduled to take place in Texas on July 20th at the 80,000-seat arena of the NFL club, the Dallas Cowboys.

Earlier, it was revealed that the fight might not take place if Tyson fails an unusual test before the bout.

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