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Tyson ready to 'shut the sporting world down' with Paul match

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Mike Tyson plans to make a big statement in his fight against Jake Paul.

During a press conference at New York City's Apollo Theater on Monday night, the 57-year-old Tyson dismissed critics who have questioned why he's getting into the ring with Paul at his age.

"I think the people who said that wish they were up here. Because no one else can do it," the former heavyweight champion said. "Who else can do this? Who else can shut the sporting world down? No one else can do it. So you got the both of us, and we're gonna do this.

"We're friends, there's no doubt we're friends. But in that ring, we're not gonna be friends."

Tyson admitted his "body is shit right now" from training, but said he had no hesitation about fighting Paul.

"It was a no-brainer," he said. "(Paul) was the new up-and-coming guy on the scene, and I like shaking the sports world to its core, and I'm doing it now. It's just something I want to do."

Tyson will face Paul, 27, on July 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The fight will be streamed live globally on Netflix.

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