Paul fight will be an exhibition bout – Tyson

Former world champion Mike Tyson says his boxing match against YouTuber Jake Paul on 20 July will be an exhibition bout and not an official fight.

Tyson, whose professional career ended in 2005, will turn 58 three weeks before facing Paul in Texas.

Paul, 27, beat Ryan Bourland in his 10th professional fight last month.

“This is called an exhibition, but if you look up ‘exhibition’ you will not see any of the rules will be fighting under. This is a fight,” Tyson said.

The contest – which will not count to their professional records if it is an exhibition – will broadcast live on streaming platform Netflix.

It will take place at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, which has a seating capacity of 80,000.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), the body that approve boxing events in the state, told BBC Sport that while a request to hold an event on the day by the promoter had been received; no proposed fights or further details were given. “Under…

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