Mike Tyson suffers ‘medical emergency’ on flight weeks earlier than Jake Paul bout

Boxing icon Mike Tyson was in need of a doctor after a health scare on a flight from Miami to LA, just before his rumble with Jake Paul.

The heavyweight champ is set to clash with the YouTube sensation in Texas this July but hit a snag when he felt unwell on the plane last Sunday. In Touch Weekly reported that an urgent call for a doctor blared out over the tannoy.

Tyson, 57, apparently got dizzy due to an ulcer acting up with just half an hour to go before landing. However, a rep has now told the Daily Mirror that Tyson’s now “doing great” despite the medical drama.

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The flight ended up two hours late, but it seems the air con was playing up, not just Tyson.

An onlooker said: “Mike had some kind of medical emergency on the plane and paramedics boarded. Before the paramedics arrived the flight issued an announcement asking for a doctor – the message even came on everyone’s screens,” reports the Mirror.

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Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson suffered a medical emergency half-an-hour before landing

“There was a lot of buzz when he left the Admirals Club and got to the gate. A lot of fans recognised him, and a few people got pictures.

“He was very accommodating and then he was escorted away from the gate because the flight was delayed because the gate person said that the plane was too hot because it had been sitting all day and had to cool down.

“He was in first class, but we were an exit row and the stewardess was very chatty. They asked us to stay on the plane and landed so paramedics could enter. She said something like, ‘He’s a really important passenger so we want to make sure he’s OK.’ I knew it was him, but I just mouthed the words ‘Mike Tyson’ and she nodded her head yes.”

The Tyson Paul heavyweight bout will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on 20 July 2024.
Pre-Fight press conference between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul
Mike Tyson is set to square off with Jake Paul in July

Tyson and Paul are set to face off over eight two-minute rounds, but Tyson’s incident may put the fight at risk. The rivals met for two press conferences earlier this month as they faced off for the first time.

Both men vowed to defeat the other on the night of the fight.

“I’m going to show the world that I can outbox Mike Tyson, prove everyone wrong, and show that I will be the one doing the killing,” Paul declared, while Tyson retorted: “Once he’s in that ring, he has to fight like his life depends on it, because it will be.”