Jake Paul believes he will eventually fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and even his brother Logan Paul, but he closed the door to face Tommy Fury.
The YouTube superstar turned boxer returns to the ring Saturday night in a rematch with Tyron Woodley, who replaced the injured and ailing Fury.
Paul said to Show time before his fifth pro bout: “I’ll fight Canelo 100%. Look at this guy Avni Yildirim [who Canelo beat earlier this year]. His nickname was “The Turkish Warrior”. He got to fight Canelo.
“He sat in the corner and quit. He didn’t throw a punch.
“Why can he fight but I can’t?
“I am bigger than that boy. I am stronger.
“It’s not about how long you’ve done something. It’s about how well you’ve done it.”
Canelo is a world champion of four weights, currently the undisputed holder of the super-middleweight title, famous as the best fighter in boxing.
Paul has insisted that a fight with his brother Logan, who recently went the distance in an exhibition match with Floyd Mayweather, is also possible.
“There has been a lot of talk. Who knows if it will happen,” he said.
“It’s on the cards.
“The weird part is what we would actually do right now.”
Paul also named Conor McGregor as his future rival and said of UFC veteran Nate Diaz’s attendance at his public training session on Wednesday night: “There’s a reason for everything.”
But Paul put an end to all hopes of stepping into the ring with Fury, the younger brother of the WBC heavyweight champion, who pulled out of a fight Saturday due to a broken rib and severe chest infection.
“I don’t think there will ever be a fight between us,” said Paul.
“I never want to give him the opportunity. He had his chance.
“I’d like to see him fight 20 more times to get the same pay day he would have against me.
“Sorry, Tommy. It’s not going to happen.”
Former UFC champion Woodley, who lost an eight-round decision to Paul in their first fight, stepped in at short notice for a rematch.
“I don’t expect this to be more difficult, based on my abilities,” said Paul.
“Since then I have sparred 200 rounds and have improved a lot.
“The amount I can change between fights is huge.
“I went out with a chip on my shoulder because I wasn’t happy with my performance last time.
“I had never been hit with a 10oz glove in a professional fight. My first three opponents didn’t punch.
“It was a learning experience. I got buzzed – it wasn’t a problem.”
Paul forced Woodley to get an “I love Jake Paul” tattoo to earn his revenge and incentivized his rival with a $ 500,000 bonus if he wins by knockout.
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