Mike Tyson Medical Tests: Will They Cancel His Fight with Jake Paul?

Mike Tyson Medical Tests: Will They Cancel His Fight with Jake Paul?

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Boxing

March 29th, 2024

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson is on the way to the highly anticipated exhibition match with Jake Paul on July 20th might be hanging in the balance due to required medical tests. This article dives into the details of these tests and their potential impact on the fight.

A Look Back and a Look Ahead

The 57-year-old boxing icon, Mike Tyson, is set to return to the ring for an exhibition fight against YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul. This follows Tyson's previous exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020, which ended in a draw.

However, a potential roadblock has emerged. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) mandates specific medical tests for fighters over 36 years old, obviously Mike Tyson is included . These tests, including electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrocardiogram (EKG), assess a fighter's physical fitness by identifying possible brain disorders and heart problems.

Why These Tests Matter

The primary purpose of these tests is to ensure the safety of older fighters. Boxing can take a toll on the body, and the TDLR aims to minimize risks by evaluating a fighter's neurological and cardiovascular health before allowing them to compete.

Mike Tyson remains one of boxing's greatest heavyweights, having dominated the division from 1987 to 1990. He holds the record for being the youngest heavyweight champion ever at 20 years old.

Whether the Tyson vs. Paul fight proceeds as a professional bout or an exhibition with modified rules (like 16-ounce gloves, shorter rounds, and no judges) hinges on the outcome of these medical tests.

A Trend in the Making?

This fight reflects a growing trend in boxing: pitting internet celebrities against boxing legends. In 2021, Jake Paul's brother, Logan Paul, faced another boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather, in an exhibition bout. Paul himself boasts a respectable boxing record of 9 wins (6 KOs) and 1 loss.

All eyes are on the results of Mike Tyson medical tests. Will they clear him for the fight, or will they force a change in format or even a cancellation? Stay tuned for further updates on this highly anticipated exhibition match.

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