Mike Tyson has admitted to feeling nervous and fearful about his upcoming exhibition fight with Jake Paul scheduled for July 20 in Arlington, Texas.

However, for the 57-year-old former heavyweight champion, such emotions are nothing new, as he revealed in a recent interview the role fear plays in his approach to success, and has always done throughout his glittering boxing career.

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Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Tyson described his personality as unconventional, explaining that he confronts whatever he is afraid of, although this is a far cry to Tyson‘s youth when he used to hide inbetween the cracks of unused buildings to avoid local bullies.

Reflecting on his previous fight against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020, Tyson emphasized his willingness to tackle challenges head-on, regardless of any apprehension he may have beforehand.

“I have a weird personality,” Tyson told Fox News.

“I don’t think it’s weird though. Whatever I’m afraid to do, I do it. And that’s how it is. I was afraid of the Roy Jones fight.

“I was 100 pounds overweight, I was however old, 54, 53, and I said ‘Let’s do it.’ Anything I’m afraid of, I confront it. And that’s my personality. Right now, I’m scared to death.”

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As the date of the fight approaches, Tyson noted a decrease in his nerves, attributing it to the reality of the situation and his belief in his own invincibility. He asserted that feeling fear is indicative of impending victory and stressed that he would not have agreed to fight Paul if he were not prepared.

Furthermore, he explained how he would be wary of Paul‘s talents, noting that he wasn’t the same physical specimen he was when he first broke into the public eye.

“I saw a YouTube of him at 16 doing weird dances. That’s not the guy I’m gonna be fighting,” Tyson said.

“This guy is gonna come, he’s gonna try to hurt me, which I’m accustomed to, and he’s gonna be greatly mistaken.”

When will the Tyson-Paul fight take place?

The bout between Paul (9-1, 6 KOs) and Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) is set to take place at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and will be exclusively streamed on Netflix. Despite the 31-year age gap, Tyson expressed confidence in his ability to perform, highlighting the global interest in the event.

Reflecting on the anticipation surrounding the fight, Tyson criticized detractors and emphasized the unprecedented attention it has garnered. He reiterated his goal of breaking records for pay-per-view buys and cited that as the sole reason he is taking this fight on.

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