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Mike Tyson says it was a 'no-brainer' to fight Jake Paul

Mike Tyson says it was a 'no-brainer' to fight Jake Paul

Mike Tyson intends to "shake the sports world to its core" when he fights Jake Paul.

The boxing legend will take part in his first professional bout since 2005 when he faces the YouTuber in July and declared the decision to take on an opponent who is 30 years his junior as a "no-brainer".

Tyson told reporters in New York City: "This fight is very important. Just the fact that he is taking the opportunity to fight me is mind-blowing … I'm very impressed with what he's accomplished.

"The people who said that [I am too old to fight] wish that they were up here. No one else can do this. Who else can do this? Who else can shut the sporting world down? No one else can do it.

"You got the both of us, so we're going to do this. We're friends. There's no doubt we're friends. But in the ring, we're not going to be friends. That's just what it is."

Tyson confessed that training for the clash has been a "struggle" but he is planning to punish Paul with his trademark punching power and even suggested that he could be tempted to box again afterwards.

Iron Mike said: "I'm doing great but my body is s*** right now. I'm really sore. I wanted shorter rounds because I wanted more action. If we only have two minutes we are fighting more.

"We're going to see, huh, [if Paul can take my power]. No, I'm not [trying to put an end to Paul]. I really like Jake a lot. But once he's in that ring, he has to fight like his life is depending on it, because it will be. This seems like it's going to be fun. Maybe we'll do it again, too [against someone else]. But can I take care of Jake first, please?"

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