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Jake Paul’s MMA Debut Delayed Due to Mike Tyson Boxing Match

Jake Paul's Next Move

Jake Paul's highly anticipated switch from boxing to MMA has hit a roadblock as he gears up to face off against boxing legend Mike Tyson in his next match.

The Controversial Clash

The YouTuber-turned-boxer is set to go head-to-head with heavyweight icon Mike Tyson on July 20, sparking controversy due to the significant 30-year age gap between the two fighters.

Paul's Fighting Record

This upcoming match will mark Paul's third bout in a span of just seven months as he aims to build on his impressive 9-1 record. His only loss came in February 2023 in a split-decision defeat against fellow celebrity boxer Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia.

Delay in MMA Debut

Paul had announced plans to make his MMA debut with the Professional Fighters League in 2024. However, his training for the MMA debut has been put on hold as he focuses on the upcoming boxing match against Tyson.

Focus on Boxing

PFL boss Donn Davis noted that Paul's dedication to boxing has intensified, leading to a shift in focus from MMA. While Paul had initially planned to split his training between boxing and MMA, he is now heavily prioritizing boxing.

Preparation for MMA Debut

Despite the delay, Paul has set up a PFL cage in his training base in Puerto Rico to prepare for his eventual MMA debut. Additionally, he extended a lucrative two-fight offer to Tommy Fury across both boxing and MMA disciplines.

Training with US Olympic Team

Currently, Paul is training with the US Olympic boxing team in Colorado in preparation for his upcoming bout against Mike Tyson, who is making a comeback to the ring after a four-year hiatus.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I protect myself when boxing?

In boxing, defense involves a variety of techniques. These include maintaining a solid defensive position with your hands raised, using footwork for distance and using head movements such as slips and rolls to avoid punches. As important as learning your offensive moves, it is also crucial to learn defensive skills.

What is the correct stance for boxing?

Standing shoulder width apart with the front foot forward and the back foot at a 90-degree angle is the classic boxing position. The weight of your body should be evenly distributed between your toes and knees. Keep your hands up to protect your face, with elbows tucked in to guard your torso.

How should I wrap my hand for boxing?

Hand wraps are essential for boxing as they protect your hands and wrists. Wraps are unwound and placed around the thumb. Extend the wrap over your hand and then circle your wrist. Cross your fingers between each other, then cover your knuckles. Finally, secure the wrap with Velcro.

Do beginners need to spar in boxing?

Beginners shouldn’t immediately start sparring. They should wait until they have a solid base in the basics, and a level of fitness that is acceptable. Sparring under the supervision and wearing protective gear is essential to ensure safety.

How do I choose the right size and type of boxing glove?

Size and type depend on weight, level of protection needed, and the activity that you are engaging in. Gloves are weighed in ounces. For general training, beginners may start with 12oz or even 14oz gloves. They then progress to heavier gloves during sparring.

What equipment is required to begin boxing?

You need essential equipment to begin boxing. This is for your safety and training. You will need a pair boxing gloves to protect your hands and wrists, a mouthguard and headgear for sparring. Additionally, boxing shoes and comfortable athletic clothing are recommended for better movement and support.

How often is it recommended that a boxing beginner train?

Beginners can aim for between two and three boxing workouts per week. They should allow enough time to recover in between sessions. As your fitness improves and you become more accustomed to the sport, it is possible to gradually increase both the frequency and intensity.


  • Studies suggest that about 30% of beginner boxers tend to neglect the importance of footwork in their initial training phase.
  • About 25% of people who take up boxing transition to competitive amateur boxing within their first two years of training.
  • Approximately 50% of beginner boxers drop out within the first six months, highlighting the importance of sustaining motivation and setting realistic goals.
  • Nearly 95% of boxing trainers agree that mental conditioning is just as important as physical training for beginners in the sport.
  • It is estimated that 60% of beginner boxers do not use the correct size gloves, which can increase the risk of injury.
  • Surveys reveal that close to 40% of new boxers join the sport for self-defense purposes rather than for competition or fitness.
  • Nearly 80% of boxing training injuries are related to incorrect technique, especially within the first three months of taking up the sport.
  • Women are joining boxing in increasing numbers, rising by about 15% in the past decade, indicating growing gender diversity in the sport.
  • Boxing has one of the lowest rates of injury compared to other contact sports, with approximately 1.1 injuries per 1,000 minutes of athletics.
  • Roughly 75% of beginners do not employ adequate defensive tactics in their first sparring sessions.

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How To

Cross Punches: A Boxing Technique to Master

The cross is the next important punch after the jab. You can pivot your back foot in your boxing posture to help your hips and shoulders move forward. At the same time, you should throw your back hand straight toward the target. Make sure your palm is facing down. Keep your front hand on your face. It is important to maintain balance and speed in order to avoid being left exposed.