Big Change for Mike Tyson’s Return Confirmed as Jake Paul Card Gets Darren Till Reinforcement

Published 05/15/2024, 9:43 AM EDT

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July 20 marks the return of boxing legend Mike Tyson as he prepares to take on Jake Paul at the AT&T stadium. However, it now seems that the UFC fans will also have something to cheer about at the event. According to the latest development, former UFC fighter Darren Till will make his boxing debut at the historic event on July 20.

Till, 31, was released by UFC in March 2023 after spending eight years with the promotion. He will be taking on former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Darren Till is all set to make his boxing debut on July 20 as revealed by UFC insider


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Ariel Helwani recently took to his Instagram account to share the exact details of the fight. Till and Chavez will indulge in a fight of six rounds of three minutes each at the 190-pound division. Chavez currently holds a record of (53-6-1, 1 NC) in his career, and is a threat inside the ring. Meanwhile, the former UFC fighter had a rough ending to his UFC career after losing all his last three fights. Despite being inactive since 2022, the 31-year-old is confident of winning his fight against a professional boxer.


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Till, in his recent interview, seemed very happy with the fight and is looking forward to winning the battle. The 31-year-old said as quoted by BBC, “I’m very happy with my opponent”. He further added, “He is a great fighter who I respect, but make no mistake about it, I am coming to knock him out in the first round.” The former UFC fighter does possess some good striking skills, which was evident during his MMA days. However, it will be a completely new challenge when he takes on Chavez Jr. next.


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Talking about fights, the biggest attraction for the event is still boxing legend Mike Tyson. Most of his fans are desperate to witness the former heavyweight champion in action. However, he does have a few problem areas to look into before his fight. Demetrious Johnson recently took to his YouTube channel to share the biggest problem area for ‘Iron’.

Demetrious Johnson points out the biggest problem area for Mike Tyson

There are very boxers in the world who have the aura and presence of Mike Tyson. However, at 57 he is way past his prime and is not in his best shape physically. He will be facing an opponent who is 30 years younger than him and in peak physical condition. ‘The Problem Child’ not only possesses the power but also has speed inside the ring. Meanwhile, Johnson reflected on a major problem Tyson might face in his first sanctioned boxing match after almost two decades. In his recent YouTube video, he said, That’s gonna be the hardest thing for Mike, is to not get caught with something when he’s trying to get to Jake Paul. Right, because we know Mike Tyson is going to go forward…”


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Another major concern for the boxing legend can be the fact that Paul has a lethal left hook. Analyzing Tyson’s fighting style, Johnson showed his concern and said, “And Jake Paul does have that uppercut that he hit homeboy with, that he can probably hit Mike Tyson with as well, because Mike Tyson does duck his head to get into the void and get across it.”

Tyson will be eager to make a statement when he takes on Jake Paul on July 20. However, one cannot rule out the former champion because of his raw strength. Do you think he can pull off an upset on July 20? Let us know in the comments below.


Written by:

Anirban Chatterjee


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Anirban Chatterjee is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He holds an MBA in Sports Management and is an athlete himself. After stints in notable organizations as a professional writer, Anirban pivoted to covering UFC, ONE Championship, and other premier MMA promotions.
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Sakshi Jain