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Oscar De La Hoya Warns Mike Tyson to ‘Be Careful’ Against Jake Paul

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When the upcoming bout between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson was made official, there was no shortage of shocked observers. Count Oscar De La Hoya among them.

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In an interview with Sportsnaut, the former six-division boxing champion expressed his concern for the soon-to-be 58-year-old Mike Tyson as he prepares to face the much younger social media influencer turned prizefighter.

“It’s going to be an event. It’s going to be an entertaining event. I think that Jake Paul is obviously going to come out swinging and he’s taking this fight serious. And you know Mike Tyson is too. But Mike Tyson is, what, 60 years old. He has to be careful.”

“Where I’m concerned is when the fight goes – let’s say over four rounds and conditioning starts to kick in.  The age starts to kick in for Mike Tyson,” De La Hoya said. “Jake Paul is like 27 or 28 years old. He’s young. He’s strong. He’s going to come at him with everything. So that’s my only concern,” he continued.

Despite his concern for Mike Tyson, the Golden Boy Promotions CEO sees the benefit of this style of celebrity matchmaking. “I’m not critiquing this fight…I actually think it’s great because you’re going to get a whole different audience, more eyeballs, new eyeballs to the game of boxing,” De La Hoya said.

Besides the possible ripple effect on boxing itself, De La Hoya understands the financial win for all parties involved and is “happy for them. They’re making a lot of money.”

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Oscar De La Hoya admitted to entertaining the idea of promoting the popular subset of boxing. However, he planned to distance it from the powerhouse of Golden Boy Promotions by using the branding of KO Magazine, a publication that he acquired in 2007.

Ultimately, he decided to stick to his ideals as a “purist” and “just try to make the best fights happen” because “that’s exactly what boxing needs.”

“Boxing right now needs help and it needs me to make these big fights happen to continue the momentum of what boxing has right now…We haven’t even scratched the surface with boxing. I mean sky’s the limit. If done right, this can be a multibillion-dollar business.”

Jake Paul and Mike Tyson will meet in a sanctioned professional boxing match on July 20 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The event will air live on Netflix.

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