Kamaru Usman Reveals His Conditions for a Boxing Match Against Jake Paul

Published 06/15/2021, 7:16 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)


YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul is set to fight former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, next. Woodley’s former opponent and current 170 lbs champion of the UFC, Kamaru Usman, was also in conversation as Paul’s potential next opponent for a period. But Usman dismissed those chances and explained why a fight against ‘The Problem Child’ made no sense for him.

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However, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has revealed the condition under which he might consider stepping inside the squared ring to take on Paul in a fight. Usman says if Paul is able to get the better of Woodley in their fight, he might consider facing ‘The Problem Child’ in a boxing match.

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If Jake Paul is able to get through Tyron Woodley, that now he is in a realm where I can say okay, now, you know, you can make a case for me wanting to step in there and whip your ass. You know, it’s an idea, and people, of course, people start trying to discredit them all, but he lost his last three fights in this nap, or did you see his last 15 before that,” said Usman.

People have been critical about Paul choosing to fight ‘The Chosen One‘ next. Woodley is currently almost 40-years-old, and he hasn’t won a fight in almost 3 years. To add to that, Woodley will make his debut as a boxer against Paul. But Usman believes despite all that, Woodley is still a killer. Obviously, the former champion has the credentials of a legend as well.

It will be interesting to see how Paul fares against a fighter like Woodley, who can actually strike, unlike his other opponents to date. A win can certainly open up to call out bigger current names for ‘The Problem Child‘.

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Kamaru Usman reveals why a fight against Jake Paul didn’t make sense

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The Nigerian Nightmare‘ believes a fight against Paul only offers him a good pay-day currently and does nothing for his legacy. Also, he believes Paul isn’t actually making the numbers that he is claiming to do. So, he dismissed a potential fight right away.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s hard to deny Usman’s point here. However, as he mentioned, if Paul can indeed impress him against Woodley, he might consider taking the fight.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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