Tyson And Paul Trade Barbs As Press Tour Takes Contentious Turn

The second stop of the Mike Tyson-Jake Paul press tour in Arlington Texas took a darker turn as the boxers exchanged insults rather than smiles. The playful faceoff from their New York kickoff event gave way to a noticeably more contentious tone.

The crowd greeted Paul with boos and profane chants which he and Tyson joined in on. When asked about speculation that the fight was rigged Paul dismissed the notion as a federal crime.

Tyson vowed to finish what he started with Paul who fought on the undercard of Tyson’s 2020 exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. “Listen I started Jake off and I’m going to finish him,” Tyson said to cheers from the crowd.

Paul seized the moment warning the crowd to keep the same energy when he knocks out the “old man.” He also compared himself to Buster Douglas who famously upset Tyson in 1990.

Tyson seemed genuinely irritated by Paul’s antics and briefly walked off at the end of the press conference. The faceoff this time included no smiles or laughter.

The heavyweight legends also sparred over Paul’s knockout record. Tyson was unimpressed noting Paul’s inability to finish UFC stars Nate Diaz and Anderson Silva or boxer Tommy Fury.

“He never rocked out a real man. Come on,” Tyson said.

Paul promised to prove himself by putting Tyson “to sleep for the last time” on July 20th.