Former Steelers star-turned-boxer Le’Veon Bell predicts Jake Paul will knock out Mike Tyson in upcoming bout

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Legendary heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson, is slated to make his highly anticipated return to the ring later this year. 

The July 20 bout against YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul, inside AT&T Stadium in suburban Dallas, will mark Tyson’s first fight in almost four years. 

While reaction to the fight varied greatly, former Pittsburgh Steelers star-turned-boxer Le’Veon Bell believes the upcoming fight will end with a knockout.

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LeVeon Bell poses during his official weigh in at Desert Diamond Arena on October 28, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona. (Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Bell believes “Iron Mike” will have a strong showing early on but will eventually “tire and get knocked out.” The former NFL runningback took to X to respond to a video of Robert Griffin III sparing with the 57-year-old Tyson.

Bell’s premise seems to revolve primarily around the age gap between Tyson and Paul.

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Tyson, who was once known as “the Baddest Man on the Planet,” will turn 58 a few weeks before the fight. Paul, meanwhile, turned 27 earlier this year. Paul has a 9-1 boxing record.

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images; Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Several months ago, Bell appeared to challenge Paul to a fight and expressed confidence about defeating the social media star.

“I will stop him. I will stop Jake Paul,” Bell said on the ‘No Jumper” podcast in August. “It’s hard to knock somebody out if they don’t want to be knocked out. . . . he’s not doing eight rounds with me. There’s nobody in that influencer s–t that’s making it eight rounds with me, for a fact.”

Jake Paul posing after win

Jake Paul reacts after knocking out Andre August in the first round at Caribe Royale Orlando. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

Bell’s last appearance in the NFL happened in 2021 during his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaners. He had his best years as a professional football player when he was a member of the Steelers. He was named to three All-Pro teams and was a three-time Pro Bowler in Pittsburgh.

But Bell hasn’t fared quite as well in the boxing world. He has a 1-1 record in his limited time as a boxer. He also faced Adrian Peterson in an exhibition, which Bell won by knockout.

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Tyson released a statement saying he was excited about “stepping into the ring” to face Paul.

“I’m very much looking forward to stepping into the ring with Jake Paul at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas,” Tyson said. “He’s grown significantly as a boxer over the years, so it will be a lot of fun to see what the will and ambition of a ‘kid’ can do with the experience and aptitude of a GOAT.  It’s a full circle moment that will be beyond thrilling to watch; as I started him off on his boxing journey on the undercard of my fight with Roy Jones, and now I plan to finish him.”

Netflix will stream the fight on July 20.

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