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Mike Tyson Suffers Health Scare In The Lead Up To Paul Fight, Texas’ Boxing Commission Under Magnifying Glass

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - MAY 16: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson Boxing match Arlington press conference at Texas Live! on May 16, 2024 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Netflix)

Mike Tyson reportedly suffered a medical emergency on May 27th during a flight from Miami to Los Angeles, roughly two months before his slated July 20th bout against Jake Paul. Though Tyson has reportedly recovered and is once again in full health, the health scare appears self-explanatory in regards to the upcoming Tyson-Paul match which will see a 58-year old Tyson step into the ring against a three-decades younger Paul.

According to In Touch, Mike Tyson had been nauseous and dizzy due to an ulcer flare during a plane flight from Miami to Los Angeles. The incident was said to have occurred 30 minutes before the plane was set to land at the LAX airport.

Following the health scare, the former undisputed heavyweight champion [1987-1990] reached out to the public via social media and declared himself to be perfectly fine, stating: “Now feeling 100%, even though I don’t need to be to beat Jake Paul.

Despite his assertions, the health scare he suffered only further draws questions on the Texas boxing commission who has been no stranger to controversy. Aside from recently allegedly clearing Dillian Whyte (30-3, 23 KO’s) of performance-enhancing drug (PED) under circumstances that are still considered suspicious, their decision to sanction Mike Tyson’s bout versus Jake Paul as a professional match was also questioned due to the discrepancy between the two fighters’ ages, and Tyson’s lack of activity over the past couple of years.

Tyson’s ulcer flare-up, though not strictly a condition that can be found only in seniors, has succeeded in again drawing concerns surrounding the upcoming July 20th bout, with the recent incident suggesting Tyson has a number of underlying issues that puts him at a severe disadvantage against Paul.

The decision by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) to sanction the Tyson-Paul fight as a professional match will be even more scrutinized in the upcoming two months, and the bout itself will determine whether the TDLR and its combat sports-regulating department, the Texas Combative Sports Program (TCSP) whether the organization is fit to sanction combat sports in general.