Mike Tyson and Jake Paul Postponed Fight As Ex-Heavyweight Champion Battles Ulcers

Jul 12, 2023; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson arrives on the red carpet before the 2023 ESPYS at the Dolby Theatre.
Jul 12, 2023; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson arrives on the red carpet before the 2023 ESPYS at the Dolby Theatre. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The strangest fight of 2024 will not be taking place as previously scheduled.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul have agreed to postpoine their July 20 fight while Tyson deals with an ulcer flare-up, they announced Friday afternoon. The fight had been scheduled to take place at AT&T Stadium

“I want to thank my fans around the world for their support and understanding during this time. Unfortunately, due to my ulcer flare-up, I have been advised by my doctor to lighten my training for a few weeks to rest and recover,” Tyson said in a statement.

It has been nearly 19 years since Tyson, 57, last participated in a professional fight, which was a loss to Kevin McBride. He did fight an exhibition match against fellow former champion Roy Jones Jr. in 2020 that ended in a split draw.

Paul, 27, is 9–1 as a professional boxer since making his pro debut in 2020.


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