Jake Paul was left baffled and angry after his world title ambitions were shot down by Eddie Hearn. YouTuber Paul, 25, has won all five of his professional boxing fights, proving many doubters wrong following his first pro-bout with fellow influencer AnEsonGib back in December 2019.
However, the ‘The Problem Child’ is yet to face a recognised boxer, having followed up his debut victory with wins over basketball player Nate Robinson, and ex-UFC fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. He then beat his American compatriot a second time in a rematch after Tommy Fury withdrew from a scheduled PPV bout at short notice, citing illness and injury.
However, criticism over his opponents hasn’t stopped Paul touting himself for a world title shot – a notion Hearn was savage about when the pair met ahead of the Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano fight at Madison Square Garden this Sunday. Speaking on iFL TV, the Matchroom bosstold Paul: “Everyone’s entitled to have a dream. But I think there is absolutely now way he can beat a world champion.”
With Paul looking on startled, Hearn went on to claim Paul “hasn’t faced a real fighter yet,” which triggered a response from the Cleveland man: “A five-time world champion in Tyron Wooodley is a real fighter,” he argued. “The first skill of MMA is boxing and he won the UFC championship with a right hand.”