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Jake Paul to face ex-UFC fighter Mike Perry on July 20

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Jake Paul won't wait for the Mike Tyson fight after all.

The YouTuber turned prizefighter will fight former UFC welterweight and current Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship star Mike Perry on July 20 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Most Valuable Promotions announced Tuesday.

Paul-Perry will be an eight-round cruiserweight bout and distributed on DAZN pay-per-view.

The original date for Paul's blockbuster boxing match against Tyson was July 20, but that matchup was postponed to Nov. 15 earlier in June after Tyson suffered an ulcer flare-up on a flight. Paul-Tyson remains on for the new date at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

"As I prepare for my fight against 'Iron' Mike, there's no better opponent for me than Mike Perry," Paul said in a statement. "He's a proven knockout artist who has shown to be a maniac in and out of the ring. This is the perfect experience for me to gain in advance of facing Mike Tyson."

Paul enters the matchup riding a three-fight winning streak, which features a unanimous decision over former UFC star Nate Diaz and a pair of knockouts against journeymen boxers Andre August and Ryan Bourland. Paul, who made a name for himself in the boxing world by primarily facing MMA fighters, is 9-1 as a pro with six knockouts.

Perry spent five years on the UFC roster from 2016-21, but he emerged as one of the most popular names in the MMA world when he signed with BKFC. Perry has won five straight fights as a bare-knuckle boxer in BKFC, including knockout victories over former UFC champions Luke Rockhold and Eddie Alvarez.

In addition to Paul-Perry, unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano will move up three divisions for a non-title junior welterweight bout against Stevie Morgan in the July 20 co-main event. Serrano is scheduled to challenge Katie Taylor for the undisputed junior welterweight championship in the Paul-Tyson co-headliner later this year.

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