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Logan Paul Channels The Fresh Prince, Thinks He Can Beat Mike Tyson

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YouTuber Logan Paul is either a lucky idiot, perpetually falling back assward into money and money-making opportunities or he’s a mega-shrewd media manipulator, always with an eye on a quick money score via publicity stunt.

Now, the YouTube star, just over two weeks removed from his money-successful pay-per-view exhibition against Floyd Mayweather, has apparently targeted a physically bigger fish to wrangle.

“Someone mentioned Mike Tyson,” Paul said on a recent edition of his Impaulsive podcast. “My lawyer mentioned it and he’s like, ‘Nah, Tyson will rip your head off, you don’t stand a chance.’

“I’m like, ‘I just went through all this [with Mayweather].’ You can’t tell me I can’t beat Mike Tyson. He’s old, old.’”

Tyson WILL be 55 at the end of this month. Paul, meanwhile, is 26.

While Paul may claim fighting to an 8-round decision without being dropped against Mayweather as a moral victory, that’s about all he can boast about when it comes to that performance. The guy didn’t land all that many punches and didn’t do much but survive against a 44-year-old Mayweather who was not pushing to hurt him or stop him at all. Some have even pointed to a Mayweather punch at the end of the third round that they say knocked Paul out and a subsequent Mayweather move to hold him up and keep him from falling until he regained his senses.

Tyson, in his own exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. last November, also seemed to be holding back, trying to not legitimately hurt an out of shape and sluggish Jones. But Tyson carrying Jones could probably be chalked up to professional courtesy and respect from one legend to another. He probably wouldn’t have that same level of courtesy and respect for a beligerent, big-mouth YouTube personality invading his sport. And 55-years of age or not, Tyson still has heavy, heavy hands.

All of this reminds me of a song from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, “I think I can beat Mike Tyson” way back in 1989, when Tyson was at his prime. In the Will Smith joint, things didn’t end all that well for the big-mouth, over-his-head challenger who called out The Baddest Man on the Planet:

“I came out hustling sliding and grabbing slippin’ and dippin’ hustlin’ and jabbin’

For a second I looked good out there but then Mike brought to reality my worst nightmare

One punch, that’s all it took (oooh) he hit me in my ribs and my insides shook

Now how can I say this and be a little discreet let’s just say that my bowels released.

I called timeout and went back to my corner

Said to my coach ‘ain’t no way I’m goin’ the hell back out there, man you can’t forget it’

My body’s like a punchin’ bag and Mike is gonna (hit it).

They tried to make me go meet my doom but I sucker punched my coach and hauled to my dressing room.

The next day the headline in the town ‘Fresh Prince breaks camp, Tyson wins first round.’

Some fool asked why I ran away I said ‘a good run is better than a bad stand any day.’

My career is over as far as fightin’ but I don’t know what made me think I can beat Mike Tyson.”

Logan Paul may want to take heed of Will Smith’s words. Unless he can get some absolute guarantee that Tyson won’t take his head clean off his neck, he’d be wise to stay far away from Mike Tyson or, for that matter, any real fighter with the professional competitive pride to put him in his place.

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Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: paulmagno@theboxingtribune.com