Evander Holyfield is ready to fight Jake Paul and hailed the YouTuber for his boxing breakthrough. Paul is 3-0 in his career and recently knocked out retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren in one round, with Holyfield ringside.
The heavyweight legend, 58, is impressed by what he sees with the internet sensation. And for the right price would even face him, despite the pair previously training together.
In a recent interview with The Sun Sport, Holyfield shared his thoughts on Jake Paul.
He said, “Jake Paul being a guy who didn’t come through amateurs. He is someone who fights now and does it as a hobby. Now he has a little bit more weight behind how to do things because people like him are doing it for the fun of it.”
“They are not fighting in an association which is being operated by a union such as the WBC, IBF. The thing is it’s about ego what he’s doing. People he wants to fight, if people agree to fight him, they know he’s got all these followers.”
“And if he believes he can beat me, and he gave me enough money. Oh, yes, I’d get in the ring with him. And I’d show people what would happen.”
Paul has won all of his fights by KO, previously beating online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ and ex-NBA star Nate Robinson. But Holyfield, who last fought in 2011, has defended Paul and insisted the American influencer is having the last laugh in the ring.
He has ruffled feathers in the fight game and drew as many critics as he has sold pay-per-view buys.
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