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UFC veteran turned down fight against legendary boxer’s son on Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul undercard

UFC veteran turned Bare Knuckle boxer Mike Perry revealed he turned down a fight with the son of a legendary boxer on the Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul undercard.

Despite having support from both Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, the undercard for Netflix’s Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul boxing event needs some serious name power; and fans came surprisingly close to seeing UFC icon Mike Perry call it quits with a legendary boxing family.

BKFC Middleweight Champion Mike Perry is seen in the VIP seating at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event at the Orange County Convention...
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Mike Perry reveals he turned down the Netflix fight with the legendary boxer’s son

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour, former UFC fighter and Bare Knuckle prizefighter Mike Perry revealed that he was actually offered a spot on the undercard for Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul.

That event will take place on July 20 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will be streamed exclusively via Netflix. Despite being offered a huge name, Perry revealed that the reward just wasn’t good enough:

“There were some things on the table and the reward wasn’t incredible, especially considering the opponent was a very experienced boxer.”

“Obviously I was like, ‘Oh, I’m interested in being on the Mike Tyson Netflix card to get that exposure against this certified, professional boxer, but the money (wasn’t good).”

At the urging of the favorite journalist, Perry revealed that the potential opponent was none other than former WBC middleweight king Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, son of three-division world champion Julio Cesar Chavez.

Chavez Jr. is 38 years old and has a professional boxing record of 53-6, with his last fight coming back in December 2021.

“Then there was another option, and I could only choose one,” Perry continued, noting that the alternative would “make more money and potentially open more doors.”

“Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., that would have been cool, but that’s not happening.”

Bare Knuckle boxing superstar opens up for Caleb Plant

Yet Chavez Jr. not the only professional boxer on Perry’s mind, as he also teased a possible fight with former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant.

“That would have been cool too,” Perry said of the possibility of meeting the former champion, “but certainly not for the money they were talking about – that money was way down and would have to come up a lot if it was a Caleb Plant is. ”

“These guys get millions and millions – I would love to take on Caleb Plant in a boxing match, but the numbers are way low.”

Perry later acknowledged that when it comes to a big-money fight against a world championship level boxer, it’s not his side that’s letting the fans down: “I’m not fighting a Caleb Plant or a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. come to the table with a real offer.”

“I was in London and this boxer interviewed me and said you’ve overpriced yourself – hey, in two weeks I’m going to make a million dollars fighting Eddie Alvarez.”

“With my contract right now, these other people have to match or beat that to get me there because I can just keep fighting for Bare Knuckle.”

A reminder that for his last fight at Bare Knuckle, Perry reportedly earned the same payout as Francis Ngannou for his UFC heavyweight title defense.

Mike Perry demands that Jake Paul release footage of their sparring session

Although Perry will not be appearing on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul, the combat sports star is likely to be in attendance on July 20, having previously spoken to the young American social media star when he was a UFC fighter.

Perry recently requested that Paul release the footage of the two workouts together, in which the Bare Knuckle fighter apparently walked through Paul’s best punches with an evil look in his eye:

“Six rounds of training, sparring, fighting: I applied pressure, got a few punches, got some really good punches from Jake – he can crack from the outside.”

“But you know what you would see? You saw him hitting me as hard as he could and then I smiled and kept coming forward, and he was kind of cracking up inside like, ‘Damn, what am I going to do?!’

Perry stated that the training footage was taken just a week before his UFC clash with Daniel Rodriguez, just as he was starting to lose weight.

“We were both working, it would be fun because he’s released footage before and I think he’s 230 pounds now; Well, maybe I could max out at 205 pounds unless I work on it for a year.

Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson takes place on July 20, exclusively on Netflix.

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