In fact it wasn’t until Paul and his older brother Logan started engaging in high-profile celebrity boxing matches that Tyson’s sons initially mentioned the siblings to him.
“I didn’t know he existed until my sons wanted to fight him one day,” Tyson said. “I said, ‘Who are you going to fight? This guy? Come on,’ and he was a big star.
“Everybody knows who he is, and I’m so happy that he joined on the bandwagon with me and Roy.”
While Paul and his brother have received a ton of criticism from boxing purists for their involvement in the sport, Tyson argues they actually deserve a lot of credit and much more respect than they’ve been shown thus far.
“Listen, my ego says so many things, but my reality is they help boxing so much,” Tyson explained. “Boxing owes these guys, they owe these YouTube boxers some kind of respect. They should give them some belts because these guys make boxing alive.
“Boxing was pretty much a dying sport. UFC was kicking our butts, and now we got these YouTube boxers boxing with 25 million views. Boxing’s going back. Thanks to the YouTube boxers.”
To put that into perspective, the Logan Paul-KSI YouTube pay-per-view where Jake Paul competed on the undercard drew over 2.25 million viewers while generating a $3.5 million live gate for the event.
“I believe the more anyone boxes the bigger it is for the sport,” Tyson said. “Cause boxing took a couple of beatings since the UFC’s been around.”