MIKE TYSON has backed Jake Paul to beat Tyron Woodley, who the heavyweight legend fears is looking to ‘get his last payday’.
Paul faces the ex-UFC champion on August 29, in his fourth and toughest fight to date.
Tyson, one of the most celebrated punchers of all time, has taken a liking to the YouTuber.
He even had him on his undercard in November, where Paul knocked out ex-NBA star Nate Robinson.
And Tyson, 55, has predicted Woodley, 39, will suffer a similar fate and enjoy a cash out while doing so.
He said on his podcast: “I’m proud of them. Are they gonna fight? He’s fighting an experienced fighter. That’s so cool.
“I don’t know. Paul’s a real good striker, and I think people do him a disservice when they go in there and say, ‘He’s blonde-haired and blue-eyed, he’s a white b***’, and I think that also builds their courage up and causes them to get knocked out.
“Jake’s gonna beat him. Woodley’s not a puncher like that, that’s why he wants to fight this guy, to get his last payday probably.”
Paul, 24, knocked out online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ before doing the same against Robinson, 37.
Most recently he beat retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren – a friend and training partner of Woodley’s – in his last fight in April.
Paul has not been taken past round two, and fans even accused his KO against Askren of being ‘rigged’.
It left the American social media sensation pleading with Woodley to go ‘a couple rounds’ in their fight.
Paul told SunSport: “I’ve said it, I wouldn’t mind going a couple rounds with this guy.
“To show my inside fighting, to show my work to the body, to show how I set shots up, to show my head movement, defence.
“To show that I can take a hit. I haven’t been able to show any of this, so I really wouldn’t mind it going a couple of rounds because then I think the boxing community will be like, ‘Oh, damn this kid can actually fight’.
“Even in the last fight, I knocked Ben Askren out, people were like, ‘There’s no way this is possible, it’s rigged’.
“Yeah, I want a challenge and I want a tough fight.”
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