Love him or hate him, Jake Paul is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in boxing at this very moment in time.
Although his skill levels and pedigree may leave a lot to be desired, a reported 1.3 million people watched his victory against Tyron Woodley last month.
To put that into perspective, that’s more viewers than Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title rematch with Deontay Wilder in February 2020 (approximately 800,000 viewers) and the same amount as Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin managed in 2017.
While Paul is not the most aesthetically pleasing or even the most skilled boxer you will see, no fighter in history has generated as much revenue or interest after just four professional fights against boxing debutants.
Considering he has never fought a boxer inside the ring (incredible really) there are no doubt a number of potential suitors who would welcome the chance to deliver a violent introduction lesson – especially after seeing Woodley almost send him through the ropes with a looping right hand.
Of course, while the aforementioned Canelo is unlikely to take the 24-year-old up on his offer to fight, there are several plausible contenders to face boxing’s new cash cow in the not-so distant future.
The Irish superstar was the object of Paul’s advances at the very beginning of the year and that is unlikely to change, despite two losses and a leg break sustained against Dustin Poirier in July.
Although McGregor is unlikely to fight at all this year, Paul has repeatedly called out the former two-weight UFC champion and even criticised his wife in an attempt to provoke a reaction.
The 33-year-old has refused to speculate on the possibility of a return to the boxing ring, but Paul’s coach BJ Flores believes his man is the perfect comeback fight for ‘The Notorious’.
“I’d like Conor,” Flores told Mirror Fighting. “He needs a win right?
“You think Jake’s an easy win, here we are bro!
“I’m looking at it from the flip side, but we’re ready for that any time, so we’ll see.”
‘Gamebred’ helped prepare Paul for his knockout win against Ben Askren in April, but the two are by no means friends anymore.
After Masvidal picked Woodley to end Paul’s winning streak inside the ring, the YouTube star retaliated and called the Miami-native a ‘b***’.
Now, despite still being under contract with the UFC, Masvidal is hoping he can get special dispensation from boss Dana White to exact some painful vengeance – street Jesus style.
“Who the f*** is this Paul kid?” Masvidal told ESPN. “He thinks we’re friends, because I gave him some advice in the Ben Askren fight.
“Get the f*** out of here, bro. I’ll slap you and whoever the f*** you want, bro. I’m a fighter. Of course you’re going to get offended.”
“UFC would have to sign off, but nothing is impossible,” Masvidal added. “Dana doesn’t like those guys and Dana knows I’ll go in there and put a hurting on those kids.
“Maybe he does send in the f***** assassin.”
The UFC’s newest superstar enjoyed a dream debut this weekend as he knocked out Luigi Vendramini inside the first round on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Pimblett, the former Cage Warriors champion, is hugely entertaining inside and outside of the ring and was asked about a potential bout against Paul upon his return to his beloved Liverpool.
“He’s a sausage. I’d fight him tomorrow, and I’d beat him up. I f****** would. Save the embarrassment, and then you can get a tattoo done over,” he told MMA Crazy.
“No, I don’t waste my time watching s*** like that. The only thing I’ve seen is where Woodley catches him with a punch and nearly knocks him out.
“I’ve heard from a few people that Woodley got robbed. But it’s one of them innit. You need to finish people like that, or you’ll get robbed.”
The former middleweight champion of the UFC seemed finished when he bowed out of the Octagon in October of 2020, but his legendary career was revitalised inside the boxing ring.
Having outclassed Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June, ‘The Spider’ returns to the ring this Saturday night to face Tito Ortiz.
Although he may be 46 years of age, the Brazilian is keen to take on boxing’s newest star before he reaches 50.
“Everything is possible,” he told TMZ Sports. “Jake Paul and Logan are doing a lot of good work in this new entertaining show.
“We’ll see. Everything is possible. I respect both. [Jake] is doing good, working hard.
“So, we’ll see; maybe this is possible too.”
Perhaps the most likely move for Paul is to fight fellow Showtime Sports colleague Fury, who made his US debut on his undercard.
Fury and Paul have exchanged plenty of verbal spars in the past, with Paul even involving his Love Island girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague into the conversation.
Now they are both signed to the same broadcaster, a fight is seemingly inevitable and the Brit does not think it will be a long night at the office.
“It would be over inside one round,” Fury told TMZ Sports. “From what I’ve seen against Tyron Woodley the other night, he’s scared to throw a punch when he’s in there against somebody who could knock him out.
“He doesn’t want to commit. He took one shot and nearly fell through the ropes. From what I’ve seen the other day, I’d have my hands up, walk straight towards him, and I’d get him out of there inside three minutes. Easy work.”
After going from KSI to Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring, the possibility of seeing Logan Paul and his brother fight is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Logan has never won a fight inside the ring, losing to YouTube rival KSI in 2019 and then drawing with Mayweather in June.
However, the possibility of seeing two brothers lace up the gloves and trade leather would certainly appease both fans and critics of the Pauls.
During an interview with ESPN, Logan admitted a fight between the two brothers would appeal to them and their adoring fans.
“I know the Klitschkos said they’d never do it,” he said.
“But I think Jake and I pride ourselves on being trailblazers, and, again, at the end of the day we’re entertainers, showmen, doing things nobody’s ever done and, more importantly, nobody can ever repeat as successfully.”
“Because we’ve never sparred or had actual physical combat against each other. We’re the same size, same weight, we’re loved, hated. There’s no bigger brother fight ever,” he added.
“I don’t think me being the big brother would have anything to do with who wins the fight. Jake’s my little brother, but little bro got big. He’s huge now — a massive human being.”
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