Mike Tyson Trains for Jake Paul Bout at Maynard James Keenan's Gym

Legendary boxer finds unique mentor in rockstar's gym.

by Nouman Rasool
Mike Tyson Trains for Jake Paul Bout at Maynard James Keenan's Gym
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In a dramatic return to the boxing world, 57-year-old Mike Tyson is set to face off against 27-year-old Jake Paul, a YouTuber who has made a significant impact in the boxing scene since his debut. This highly anticipated match is scheduled for July 20 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will mark Tyson's first official bout in 19 years.

Netflix will broadcast the event, bringing these two contrasting figures of the boxing world together in a match that has fans and spectators eagerly awaiting the showdown. Mike Tyson, known globally for his formidable presence in the ring and a record that speaks volumes of his prowess — 50 wins, 6 losses, and 44 knockouts — has been diligently preparing for this fight.

His training sessions have been nothing short of intense, as captured in videos and posts that have circulated online, showcasing his dedication and physical condition leading up to the event.

Tyson Trains with Keenan

Adding an intriguing twist to Tyson's preparation is his collaboration with Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of the rock band Tool.

Keenan, who co-owns the Verde Valley BJJ martial arts school in Cottonwood, Arizona, and recently earned his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has welcomed Tyson to train at his facility. Keenan's excitement about hosting Tyson was palpable in his Instagram posts, where he shared images of them together at the gym, hinting at the unique blend of music, martial arts, and boxing coming together.

Jake Paul, on the other hand, has carved a niche for himself in the boxing world with an unexpected pivot from YouTube stardom to professional boxing in 2018. With a record of 9 wins, 1 loss, and 6 knockouts, Paul has quickly risen through the ranks, facing off against MMA fighters, former professional boxers, and basketball players.

His sole defeat came against Tommy Fury in February 2023, adding a layer of anticipation to his upcoming fight with Tyson. Paul has not shied away from adding fuel to the fire with his characteristic trolling, recently posting a video mocking Tyson's infamous ear-biting incident with Evander Holyfield in 1997.

This blend of bravado and humor has become a hallmark of Paul's approach to boxing, setting the stage for a match that is as much about the personalities involved as it is about the sport. As the fight night approaches, both Tyson and Paul are gearing up for what promises to be a memorable encounter.

With their diverse backgrounds and paths to this point, the boxing world is abuzz with predictions and speculations. Tyson's return to the ring after such a long hiatus and Paul's continuous rise in the sport make this bout not just a clash of fists but a convergence of two vastly different eras in boxing history.

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