Mike Tyson v Logan Paul, Tommy Fury v Jake Paul and 4 other crazy fights planned

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The sport of kings, or the playground of celebrities?

Professional boxing makes for enthralling viewing at the moment. From Oleksander Usyk outclassing Anthony Joshua in his own back yard, to Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder thrilling the world in Las Vegas, there's been plenty for fans to get excited about.

However, it's not just seasoned pro's at the peak of their powers who seem to be drawing attention. Whether it be Evander Holyfield's disastrous return last month, YouTuber Jake Paul adding to his undefeated record, or Mike Tyson going the distance with Roy Jones Jr, bizarre PPV match-ups are becoming increasingly common.

Even Donald Trump has talked up his in-ring credentials, boasting he'd back himself to knock out the man who succeeded him as US President, Joe Biden.

Thankfully, that particular farce will not happen, but fans can still look forward to, or perhaps cringe at, some potentially strange clashes in the coming months.

Mike Tyson v Logan Paul

'Iron Mike' returned in November 2020 for that eight-round exhibition with Jones Jr, and the 55-year-old actually defied fan concerns with a surprising show of durability.

Judges deemed the bout a draw, and it left Tyson hungry for more action as he publicly sought belated rematches with old foes Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.

He's now confirmed he will box again in February 2022 and social media outlet Drama Alert has reported the opponent will be Logan Paul.

Given his lack of boxing credentials, it would be quite something for the YouTuber to say he has Floyd Mayweather and Tyson on his CV.

Last December, he actually went the distance with the 'Money' man in an exhibition bout, although many were left dubious as to whether Mayweather prolonged the bout by declining frequent chances to finish off the 26-year-old.

Paul does have one pro-bout to his name mind, losing on a split decision to fellow YouTube star KSI in late 2019.

Tommy Fury v Jake Paul

In the good old days talking could sell fights, but these are two are proof that now typing can too.

The pair have bickered online all year, before things finally came to a head backstage at a show in Cleveland in September when they actually clashed in person.

That night Fury, brother of WBO heavyweight champion Tyson, had already beaten 'The Problem Child's' sparring partner Anthony Taylor, before Paul himself defeated former UFC star Tyron Woodley by split-decision in the main event.

This Christmas though, their rivalry is finally set to culminate in the ring with a proposed PPV bout in Miami.

Both are unbeaten with Love Island contestant Fury, 22, now at 7-0 while Paul, 24, is at 4-0.

The one snag the YouTuber will have to overcome this time around however, is after professional wins against two MMA fighters, a basketball player, and a fellow internet celebrity, he'll have to beat an actual boxer.

One thing the younger brother of Logan isn't however, is short of confidence.

Cassper Nyovest v Unnamed opponent

South African rapper Cassper Nyovest has long craved some celebrity boxing action, and seems to have finally got his wish.

The 30-year-old has claimed he has a bout sorted for April 2022, but is thus far coy on the opponent, saying all will be revealed imminently.

All we do know, is it won't be DJ Prince Kaybe, with Nyovest saying on twitter: “Fighting someone else in April. Had to take this fight cause Prince Kaybee don’t have the balls to face me in the ring."

Roy Jones Jr v Joe Fournier

Like Tyson, that exhibition heavyweight contest left Jones Jr keen for another pay-day or two.

And whilst nothing is signed, sealed, or delivered, the 52-year-old legend has offered a fight to English businessman Joe Fournier.

That's not as random as it sounds. Fournier, 38, was the opponent when David Haye returned to professional boxing this year, and despite losing took the former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion the eight-round distance.

Jones Jr has since said: "He must love the sport of boxing so I'd give him a shot. It would have to be the right situation, but I'd definitely give him a shot."

It's an offer Fournier will surely find impossible to turn down.

Ricky Hatton v Oscar De La Hoya

This one isn't set in stone either, but you sense an inevitability to it after 'The Hitman', who has not fought since 2012, expressed interest this year in returning to the ring for a bout with one of his idols.

De La Hoya himself was hell-bent on a ring return, training intensely for his scheduled fight with Vitor Belfort in September when he was struck down by Covid-19.

Evander Holyfield duly stepped in for 'Golden Boy' at short notice, but was anything but the 'Real Deal' as he failed to even reach the bell at the end of round one.

Hatton, 43, previously said of De La Hoya, 47: "I’ll have a move about with Oscar if the opportunity comes!

"Oscar was a hero to a lot of people in boxing so it would be interesting even if it is only an exhibition. To share the ring with him and find out first-hand how good he was and maybe still is."

Both have had their problems post-retirement, but both still possess enough fan appeal to drum up global interest in a bout.

KSI v Austin McBroom

A boxing show titled YouTube v TikTok is enough to keep purists awake at night, but given it's 2021, opposing such nonsense is futile.

And it's that exact show in June which has paved the way for this bout, with McBroom, 29, brutally knocking out Bryce Hall and capturing the attention of KSI.

With rumours rife that the pair were negotiating a clash, McBroom taunted his YouTube rival by declaring: "I'm ready when you are," which prompted KSI, 28, to joke he'd be an "easy warm-up."

As mentioned, KSI has won his only-pro bout to date with Logan Paul, following an exhibition draw with his fellow influencer. Prior to that, he won his debut exhibition fight against Joe Weller.

Now a bout with McBroom has reportedly been agreed in principal, although we await further details with bated breath, of course.

  • Mike Tyson
  • Jake Paul
  • Logan Paul
  • Tommy Fury
  • Boxing
  • Ksi
  • Ricky Hatton

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