Jake Paul is looking to dominate the combat sports world after his infamous one-punch finish over Nate Robinson last weekend on pay-per-view (PPV).
Paul, who has gained popularity through YouTube over the years, is trying to become a professional boxer at the age of 23. The Cleveland native has a long way to go, but his brutal stoppage over Robinson was the perfect jumping off point.
It is unknown at this time who Paul might fight next, but that hasn’t stopped the brash celebrity from shooting for the stars. In a recent interview with ESPN, Paul revealed that he will do whatever it takes to lock down a boxing match with former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor, who remains the biggest draw in combat sports today.
“I am dedicating my life to beating Conor McGregor,” Paul told ESPN. “Financially, it already makes sense. Financially, I’m already one of the biggest prizefighters and there’s only a couple more bosses to check off and to beat and to conquer.”
Paul, who is currently 2-0 in his professional boxing career, understands that he may not be able to score a bout with “Notorious” at this point in time. The YouTube sensation is willing to knock off a few more people in order to climb his way to McGregor.
“I want to fight a couple more people, I think, first,” Paul said. “We’re figuring that out. I want to prove to the world that, ‘Yo, I’m gonna knock out all these fighters.’ Conor McGregor can maybe be the final boss. If we were playing a video game, he could be the final boss. And then I’ll probably retire after I beat McGregor.”
“I want to bring MMA fighters into the boxing ring and embarrass them,” Paul later added.
Paul may have been a high school athlete but his background in combat sports isn’t anything close to that of McGregor. Still, Paul has become one of the hottest tickets in the sport of boxing and feels he’s ready to take his skills to an entirely new level.
“When I got the opportunity to get back in involved with sports, I fell in love with it,” Paul said. “Now I can take this as far as I want. Deontay Wilder started boxing at the age of 21 and became the heavyweight champion of the world. I started boxing at the age of 20. So, why can’t I be the champion of the world? I already have the platform.
“So for me, I truly believe that I will become the biggest prizefighter in the world and the highest-paid prizefighter in the world. And that is my goal — and I won’t stop for anybody.”
What say you, Maniacs? Is McGregor vs. Paul a fight you would pay to see?
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