Boxing has been in the news over the last year or so with legends fighting legends, celebrities fighting each other and celebrities fighting former UFC stars. Now, we are set to see a celebrity fight a legend as YouTuber Logan Paul boxes Mike Tyson.
Paul and Tyson are reportedly in negotiations for a fight in February 2022, nearly a year and a half after Tyson boxed Roy Jones Jr. and just shy of a year since Paul fought Floyd Mayweather. When it comes to Logan Paul vs Mike Tyson odds, it is the Baddest Man on the Planet who is the betting favorite.
Online sportsbook Bovada has released the Paul vs Tyson odds with the younger YouTuber listed as the +200 underdog and Iron Mike set as the -300 favorite. This means to profit $100 with a Tyson win, you would need to lay $300, while a $100 winning bet on Paul would net you $200.
To further examine the Logan Paul vs Mike Tyson betting lines. There, you will see that Tyson’s odds represent an implied win probability of 75.00 percent while Paul’s odds have an implied win probability of 33.33 percent.
Although he is 55 years old, it’s not terribly surprising to see Iron Mike as the betting favorite, since he has been an underdog only once in his professional career, according to our Mike Tyson odds history. That one plus-money exception came when he fought Lennox Lewis in 2002 – he has been the chalk in every other fight.
As mentioned, “The Maverick” Logan Paul took part in an exhibition, non-scored bout against Floyd Mayweather in June 2021. The YouTube star had at least 30 pounds on arguably the greatest boxer of all time and was still a +500 underdog the night of the fight. I’m not sure if the odds this time around against the Baddest Man on the Planet are disrespectful with Paul being just +200 at this point, as he will be the smaller man and definitely at a power disadvantage.
I will be the first to admit that when Tyson took on Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020, I wasn’t thrilled. The two men had tremendous careers and I didn’t want to see either man get hurt or embarrassed, as was the case when Evander Holyfield returned against Vitor Belfort in September 2021.
That said, I thought Tyson looked sharp in that performance, notably his bodywork and conditioning. It did appear a truce had been reached with regard to major head shots that could lead to a knockout, as was indicated by the California Athletic Commission. Iron Mike looked like he could have knocked RJJ out if he wanted to, and assuming there is no such knockout clause in this fight with Paul, that could be the result.
Logan impressed many with his ability to go all eight rounds with Mayweather, though his breathing was labored midway through the fight and beyond and he looked unsteady, but he survived.
What should be concerning for Maverick supporters are the heavy shots that Mayweather landed in that bout. “Money” didn’t kick it into a super high gear but you could see him pick up the pace at times and snap Paul’s head back several times. If a man 60 pounds heavier than Mayweather lands that shot, Paul could be in big trouble.
I do have to give credit to Paul for his jabs, his ability to absorb shots and for tying things up when he recognizes he’s in trouble. However, as mentioned, he was able to do these things against a much smaller man.
If there are no sneaky stipulations within the contract and this is a regular eight-round boxing match, I foresee Tyson knocking Paul out. He looked fairly fast and still carried noticeable power in his fight with Roy Jones Jr. and if Paul slows down due to some body shots or simply comes out of the gate too excited, he may be looking at the lights come Round 5.