By Jordan Ellis
Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson recently got the chance to watch Jake Paul spar but apparently, he wasn’t too interested.
Tyson and Paul have been linked to a fight with each other ever since the YouTuber-turned-boxer knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson on the same card as ‘Iron Mike’ fought Roy Jones Jr in 2020.
Since then, Paul has been pretty active and is now 5-0 as a boxer, while Tyson hasn’t fought and seems to be done with the sport after ending his 15-year retirement to face Jones Jr.
When the chance came for Tyson to watch one of the most talked about people in boxing spar at Freddie Roach’s famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, he showed next to no interest.
“Tyson looked at him and left,” Roach told Fight Hype.
“He watched 30 seconds of him sparring and left. He said, ‘Freddie, can we go downstairs and look at the pictures?’ That’s my gym and he knows that’s where the good pictures are. He wasn’t as interested as I was.”
The man who helped Manny Pacquiao become an eight-division world champion gave his thoughts on Paul’s boxing ability.
“The kid’s okay, a club fighter. I don’t know him personally and I’ve never like, really met him. He was in my gym and they wanted to work and use the ring and I said, ‘Okay, go ahead,’” Roach explained.
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After picking up big wins over former MMA champions Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, Paul will face one of the best UFC fighters of all time in his next fight.
On October 29, the 25-year-old will square off against Anderson Silva in an eight-round, 187lbs catchweight fight in Phoenix, Arizona at the Desert Diamond Arena.
At the peak of his powers, Silva, 47, was one of the most dominant champions in UFC history and reigned over the middleweight division for several years before being dethroned in 2013.
In 2020, ‘The Spider’ was cut by the UFC before transitioning to boxing where he has picked up notable wins over the likes of former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and fellow MMA icon Tito Ortiz.
If Roach’s assessment of Paul is correct, Silva will surely be a handful for Paul when they meet next month and may even become the first man to beat the former Disney actor.