‘One Of The Saddest Things I’ve Ever Seen’: Fans Side With Jake Paul Over Critical Issue

Published 04/30/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

The UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, had expressed interest in a boxing crossover to fight Canelo Alvarez. Recently, the YouTuber turned boxer took to social media to call out Usman, for accusing Alvarez of avoiding him.

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In a recent tweet, Kamaru Usman accused Canelo Alvarez of refusing to fight him. He mentioned that the best fighters fight the best, and not run and hide.

Moreover, Usman even added that he can save the ‘dying’ sport. He said, “Keep quiet next time & if you need lessons on how to save that dying sport let me know I’ve got Dana on speed dial.”

However, this statement did not sit well with Jake Paul. He was quick to point out the dichotomy of Usman’s statements. Paul wrote, “Kamaru Usman: ‘boxing is dying’. Also Kamaru Usman: ‘pls Canelo fight me for a payday.”

Paul was referring to Usman’s repeated swipes at Alvarez. Usman regularly took media platforms, to call out Alvarez for a boxing crossover bout.

Fans support Jake Paul’s Swipe at Kamaru Usman

Paul’s tweet received a lot of support from fans, for his statement against Usman.

User @JimboSamso felt that it was sad that UFC champions ‘in their prime’ were trying to crossover to boxing.

Meanwhile, user @Ko_Boxing felt that UFC is the sport that’s dying.

User @ayyash_mo also sided with Paul on boxing not being a dying sport.

However, he added that Paul should start fighting real boxers.

Meanwhile, User @ZanderJacobs1 felt that Paul is changing boxing for the better. He especially commended Paul’s efforts in promoting Amanda Serrano.

A fan @CrossJc1704340 felt that Paul will easily defeat Usman, if he faces him in the boxing ring.

Many users were quick to point out the contrasting numbers in both sports. They mentioned that boxing, as a sport, was much better off financially than MMA.

Reviving a ‘dying’ sport with Usman

Usman was last seen in the ring at UFC 268, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He defended his UFC welterweight title against Colby Covington and was declared the winner by decision.

Usman was in an interview with TMZ sports, when he mentioned that boxing is a dying sport. He said, “Boxing is dead. Boxing is dead, at the end of the day. I’m not saying that there aren’t good boxers.”

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He also quickly called out for boxers in the division, especially Alvarez, for not challenging him. Usman said, “I am not afraid to go over there and challenge. I am not afraid to do that, but unfortunately those guys, not even Canelo, will never come here to challenge.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was also confident of ruining Alvarez’s sleep. He mentioned that he will defeat Alvarez on the Grito de Dolores (Mexican Independence Day) in September.

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Joshua Ben Joseph

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Joshua Ben Joseph is a Boxing writer for EssentiallySports. He started his career as an editorial cartoonist and holds a BFA degree with a specialization in Animated Filmmaking and Screenwriting from AISFM, Hyderabad. An avid lover of boxing history, Joshua believes his writing extends his lifelong adoration for combat sports.

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