Jake Paul confirms he will fight again and make up for the fact that Anthony Joshua won’t face Tyson Fury because sport “needs me”
JAKE PAUL has vowed to return to the ring this year to make up for the collapse of the long-awaited showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
The highly anticipated Battle of Britain was scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia last month, but was dashed when Fury was ordered to fight in a trilogy with Deontay Wilder.
And YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul intends to ease the pain of the Joshua vs. Fury meltdown by lacing up his gloves again before the year is out.
During an appearance on The MMA Hour, he said, “I think boxing needs me to fight again this year.
“A lot of big fights don’t happen because of COVID. They can’t do Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury.
“So I think boxing needs me to fight again and I feel responsible for helping the sport grow.”
Former Disney star Paul was last in action in August against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
The Problem Child, 24, picked up a split decision victory over Woodley to take his professional record to 4-0.
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Paul – along with his older brother Logan – has divided opinions in the boxing world, with many believing they don’t care about the sport.
But unified heavyweight champion Joshua – who is preparing for a showdown with Oleksandr Usyk – disagrees with that notion, saying of Jake: “[He’s] great for boxing.
“He tries, zero amateur experience, throwing himself in the deep end.
“He’s probably going to learn a lot more than a lot of fighters, by throwing himself in the deep end, by putting himself under pressure.
“Good luck to him.”
I think boxing needs me to fight again this year.
Fury agrees with Joshua, telling iFL TV, “A lot of people say all this YouTube stuff is crap and they don’t want to see all these people boxing.
“But I’m the heavyweight champion and the best fighter that ever lived and I love seeing these YouTubers fight.
“I like to see him because he brings millions more eyes to my sport where I am the master.
“And just like people in general, who would never watch boxing, watch it because of the guys at YouTube, Love Island, and TikTokers.
“The more eyes there are for boxing, the better and better for the young fighters who arrive.
“If there are millions of people watching TikTokers and stuff, then they might reconnect and watch real boxing later in life.
“Everything is fine, it’s all a public relations job for our sport. Anyone who doesn’t like it is just jealous because they are not making the money they are making.
“That’s what it is – jealousy. There is a lot of jealousy in this world, especially people who hate others who try to follow their dreams and don’t have the courage to follow theirs. “
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