YouTuber Jake Paul accepted the challenge to fight UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman next inside a boxing ring. The 24-year-old is 3-0 as a professional boxer with 3 KOs, and now he hopes to share the ring with the UFC’s current welterweight champion Usman.
Paul posted, “Challenge accepted @USMAN84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever have, let me know and we can lace them up. I promise it will be your biggest pay day.”
Challenge accepted.@USMAN84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever have, let me know and we can lace them up. I promise it will be your biggest pay day.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 27, 2021
Paul defeated ex-UFC star Ben Askren in his last fight, and now he apparently wants to take a massive leap up in competition.
After all, Askren used mostly his grappling skills in his MMA career, so the retired MMA star entered his boxing bout against Paul an underdog on the betting market despite being vastly more experienced in prizefighting.
While Usman is also a strong wrestler, his boxing skills have improved so much in recent fights that he’s become one of the most feared strikers in the sport.
Look for no further evidence of that than Usman being the first fighter ever to stop Jorge Masvidal by knockout in the main event of UFC 261 over the weekend. It was a brutal one-punch KO that sent ripples throughout the MMA universe.
Paul was in attendance for that fight, so he for sure got a glimpse of the action firsthand. But that apparently won’t dissuade the brash boxing star from accepting Usman’s challenge for a megafight boxing match.
Usman challenged Paul to a boxing match in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. The UFC’s 170-pound king argued there weren’t any worthy contenders in the division right now, so he might as well just hop into the ring with Paul.
Moreover, Usman said he wants to fight Paul in honor of Daniel Cormier over that fighter’s ongoing beef with the YouTuber that began after Paul’s KO win over Askren.
“At the end of the day, that’s Daniel Cormier, one of the best ever to do this and Jake Paul needs to put some respect on his name,” Usman said.
So Usman offered to be the next UFC star to fight Paul.
“DC, sit down. Let me take care of that for you. Let me take care of that,” Usman said.
Now, Paul has accepted the fight.
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