‘I’m the best thing that’s happened to boxing in a CENTURY’: Controversial YouTuber Jake Paul claims Anthony Joshua, Mike Tyson and top stars see him as ‘a breath of fresh air’ for the sport
- YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul is taking on Tommy Fury in his next fight
- He has drawn plenty of eyes to the sport since stepping into the ring
- Paul believes he is the ‘best thing to happen to boxing for a century’
Jake Paul has declared himself the best thing to happen to boxing for a century.
The YouTuber-turned-fighter has four victories to his name since making his professional debut and brought a new audience to the sport.
There has been widespread criticism and praise in equal measure but Paul believes top boxing stars are grateful for his work.
The 24-year-old is fighting Tommy Fury next on December 18 and told Bleacher Report: ‘I’m the best thing that’s happened to boxing in a century, period.
Jake Paul believes he is a breath of fresh air for boxing and positive for the sport
‘The legends would agree. The Anthony Joshuas, the Mike Tysons, the Manny Pacquiaos, the Tyson Furys. They’ve all said what I’m doing for boxing is a breath of fresh air.
‘I think that debate started about a year ago – is Jake Paul good for boxing? I have silenced that, and I don’t think there’s anybody on the other side of the equation who thinks I’m bad for boxing.
‘I have a foundation where we give boxing gloves to as many kids as possible. We’re going around, renovating boxing gyms, getting the young kids inspired to box.
Paul believes Anthony Joshua and other top boxers see him as a good influence for boxing
‘I think this sport needed that revival.’
Paul defeated NBA star Nate Robinson, then knocked out former UFC star Ben Askren before beating ex-UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on points.
His long-term aim remains a lucrative match-up with Conor McGregor and he believes it could take place within the next two years.
Both fighters will face off across eight rounds and are currently preparing to take to the ring
‘I’ll fight everybody,’ he said. ‘This started with me calling out McGregor. People were like, ‘Oh, that kid’s crazy.’
‘Now it’s like, that fight could happen in the next 24 months, 100 per cent. It probably will and I will beat him.
‘People are seeing how serious I am about this and changing the way they think about it.’
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