Jake Paul Snubs Floyd Mayweather Claims It Would Be Better to Face Canelo Alvarez

Published 08/26/2021, 10:29 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)


Following his latest win against Ben Askren, Jake Paul seems to have everyone’s undivided attention. The YouTuber turned professional boxer began his boxing journey back in 2018 against Deji Olatunji, KSI’s younger brother.  

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Since then, the 24-year-old has been in three professional boxing events, most recently knocking out former Olympian and MMA fighter Ben Askren in the very first round.  

A great marketer and promoter, Jake Paul has been calling out the biggest names in combat sports as he continues to build his resume. According to Paul, while his primary goal was to put on big fights when he initially got into this. He now wants to fight for a belt and become a bonafide champion.  

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Therefore, Paul is looking to ultimately fight the most decorated boxers. However, when asked whether he would like to face Floyd Mayweather or Canelo Alvarez, Paul was quick to dismiss a fight with Mayweather, making the following statement.

“I think it’d be better, you know, to face Canelo. You know, I think he’s in his prime and I’ve seen what Yildirim, the Turkish warrior, did: quits in the corner. That guy isn’t nearly as athletic as fast as determined as I am. So why can’t I go in there against Canelo? ”  


Although most combat sports fans were initially dismissive of Paul’s antics and approach to fighting, it seems like the tide has turned since his last performance.

Regardless, Jake Paul is now a few days away from his highly anticipated boxing match with Tyron Woodley. A former UFC welterweight champion, Woodley has fought some of the most elite strikers in the UFC and is undoubtedly the younger Paul’s toughest test yet.

Can Jake Paul become a boxing champion? 

Jake Paul might not be a professional-level boxer yet, but the Cleveland native certainly has the athleticism and punching power to compete at the highest level.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)

At just 24-years-old, Paul has plenty of time to work his way to become a truly dominant boxer in the ring. However, as of now, Paul has avoided fighting any professional boxers, fighting MMA athletes instead.

Should he manage to get the win against Tyron Woodley this weekend, Paul should look to take on a professional boxer next, in order to move a step closer to his dream.

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Do you think Jake Paul can become a boxing champion? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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