The YouTube star has insisted he can reach world level in the sport of boxing, and has set his sights on ultimately facing Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for one of his titles
Jake Paul has set his sights on a world title fight with Canelo Alvarez over a bout with Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor.
The YouTube star is 3-0 in his professional boxing career and will take a notable step up when he fights former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on Sunday night.
And Paul believes that within a short few years, he will have progressed to the necessary level to fight superstars like Canelo Alvarez.
“My original goal was to fight Conor McGregor or to fight a Floyd Mayweather,” Paul said of why he started fighting. “I knew that I would have a big enough pay-per-view draw to do those things.
“That was what sort of motivated me but now it’s like hey I want to become world champion, I want to fight and beat Canelo.
“So this has been a roller coaster ride – I didn’t expect it to be here. I just knew that I loved fighting and I knew that I was good at it.”
And he feels he would put up a tougher fight against Alvarez than his most recent opponents Billy Joe Saunders and Avnyi Yildrim.
“I think it’d be better you know face Canelo [than McGregor or Mayweather],” Paul continued. “I think he’s in his prime and I’ve seen what Yildrim; the ‘Turkish Warrior’ did – he quit 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.”
His brother Logan recently took on the legendary 50-0 Mayweather in an exhibition bout, which went the eight-round distance with no winner declared.
The elder Paul brother was able to use his considerable size advantage, which included being allowed to weigh in 30lbs heavier than his opponent, to slow Mayweather down and earn something of a moral victory.
But the younger Paul has insisted that he doesn’t have any interest in doing exhibitions, and would be willing to cut a considerable amount of weight to get down to Alvarez’s level.
“I would probably have to cut to 170 if we were doing it for an actual belt,” Paul said last month during an appearance on Fox Sports.
“It would be a big, big cut but those are the sacrifices you’d have to make to be a champion.
“I think he would underestimate me and let me weigh whatever I want because he thinks he’ll take me out, but we saw what happened when Floyd Mayweather let my brother [Logan Paul] have the weight advantage.
“Logan gassed him out, Floyd wasn’t expecting that hard of a fight.
“I’m not saying I could beat Canelo right now, but three years from now with the team I have and the dedication I have, I know I could do it.”
First, Paul will have to get through the first world champion on his boxing ‘hit list’ in Woodley this Sunday night in Cleveland, Ohio.