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Does Evander Holyfield have a secret to dominate Mike Tyson? As Jake Paul is preparing to face the baddest man on the planet on July 20, he’ll probably need all the help he can get! Luckily for ‘The Problem Child,’ Mike Tyson’s former foe turned business partner, Holyfield, is here with sage some words of advice.

While appearing in an interview with Fight Hub TV, Holyfield warned Paul about a special move of Tyson that he needs to be wary of. Reflecting on his own experience, the Atlanta resident said, “[He’s] gonna be a lot quicker if he stays close to Mike. Then his chance of winning is going to be great.” However, if Jake Paul fears Tyson’s power and maintains his distance—it will be a long day in the office for him.

But wait, there’s more where that came from! Holyfield broke things down when discussing why distance alone won’t do the trick against Tyson’s aggression. He said, “Mike is like a snake. He’ll pop out on you. He [will] get there too quick.” However, if Paul stays close, Holyfield believes “[Paul’s] going to smother [him] because every time [Tyson] pushes off his legs.”


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So, it’s safe to say, the Alabama native knows a thing or two about how to deal with Tyson, because the duo were involved in one of the most infamous fights in boxing history!

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Back in 1997, ‘Iron’ Mike and ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield met in the ring for the second time after Tyson’s devastating loss in the first one. Holyfield was getting the upper hand in the rematch as well, so in the third round, a frustrated Iron Mike bit a part of Holyfield’s ear off. This earned Holyfield a victory by disqualification. 

Holyfield’s got it right. Tyson’s peek-a-boo style is all about getting up close while dodging and hitting back hard. So, if Paul thinks he can keep his distance and hit Tyson with power punches, he’s sadly mistaken. Tyson’s game plan is to get in there and land those brutal body shots. Paul’s best move? Keep a tight defense, get in close, and mix it up, going for both body shots and headshots. That might throw Tyson off his game and give Paul a chance to make some moves.

The four-time heavyweight champion finally added, “Everybody gets knocked out going backwards. If you give him room, you’re gonna be messed up.” Thus. being on the back foot while Iron Mike goes to him may lead Jake Paul to get knocked out. But even with Holyfield’s heads-up, it seems like Paul’s already got his game plan locked in and he’s going all in.

Jake Paul is ready to kill, or die


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Last week, Jake Paul found himself in the spotlight at the Formula One Miami Grand Prix, with reporters swarming him. Chatting with USA Today, ‘The Problem Child’ spilled the beans on his feelings about the upcoming fight, and let’s just say, he’s not losing any sleep over it. “It’s war. All is fair in love and war. I love the guy, but as soon as it turned into a pro fight, one of us has to die,” Paul declared confidently.

When they dug a bit deeper, Paul broke it down like this: “He’s a legend. I love the guy. But at the end of the day, it’s war and you just have to go to war and put it all on the line. I still have the utmost respect for him, and I think he’ll say the same about me and what I’ve done for the sport.” Well, folks, looks like we’re in for a suspenseful wait to see if Paul can walk the talk! 


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The anticipation for this showdown is off the charts! Holyfield’s words carry weight–he’s been there, done that. If Paul heeds his advice, he might just have a shot at pulling off a major upset – one for the books. It’s all about strategy and execution when that bell rings. What do you think about Evander Holyfield’s advice?