Even though many combat sports fans do not see him as an important figure in the industry, Jake Paul has established himself as one. The YouTuber-turned-pugilist is still undefeated inside the squared circle and his 5-0 record as a professional has come up in facing non-boxers, including former MMA champions like Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. Paul had established a rivalry with his fellow undefeated celebrity boxer Tommy Fury, but the fight couldn’t take place as Fury pulled out due to injury and Woodley stepped in as a substitute. Interestingly, Paul has shifted his focus away from Fury and would rather have a go at former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr.
With former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley stepping in for the injured Tommy Fury on 18th December against Jake Paul, the bout turned into a rematch for the two, who first squared off against one another on 28th July, with Paul picking up a split decision victory and this time, knocked out the former UFC welterweight champion in the 6th round at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
So I want to fight a real boxer and I’m going to: Jake Paul talks Chavez Jr fight
Ever since the conclusion of Paul vs Woodley 2, Tommy Fury has been pushing the idea of settling the unfinished business with “The Problem Child”, and Queensberry Promotions owner Frank Warren, who also promotes Fury, recently said that he will be attempting to rearrange Paul vs Fury quite promptly next year.
However last month, it was revealed by Paul’s management team BAVAFA Sports that the unbeaten 24-year-old has picked veteran boxer Julio César Chávez Jr, son of the legendary “El César del Boxeo” Chavez Sr as his next opponent over Fury.
Paul himself is fond of the idea of squaring off against Chavez Jr, saying that the fight will be an answer to all the criticism he has been receiving for not facing an actual pro boxer yet in his unbeaten career.
“It’s interesting. I like that fight a lot, because it silences the critics,” Paul spoke to Chris Mannix, “He was a former world champion, and I know I could beat him. And you look at his record, it’s like 50 wins or something, and I don’t even know the losses, but it’s a good record. So that challenge excites me and I’m down. And this is what people don’t understand is that, even after I knocked out Woodley, they were all like, ‘Fight a real boxer.’”
“I’m like, ‘You guys, I tried, and he dropped out of the fight two weeks before.’ So I want to fight a real boxer, newsflash, and I’m going to. Just have some f—— patience,” Paul added. [H/T Boxingscene.com]
- Unbeaten celebrity boxer Jake Paul liks the idea of facing former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr as his next opponent
- Paul’s adversary Tommy Fury has been pushing for a fight this year
- Paul wants to fight Chávez Jr to silence the critics