Jake Paul has his eyes on a matchup with former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his next boxing bout.
Paul spoke with Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix on the most recent episode of his podcast, Boxing with Chris Mannix, and spoke about his interest in the fight with Chavez Jr. because he believes it would finally silence the critics that say he's never faced a real boxer before.
“It’s interesting. I like that fight a lot, because it silences the critics,” Paul said (h/t MMA Fighting). “He was a former world champion, and I know I could beat him. And you look at his record, it’s like 50 wins or something, and I don’t even know the losses, but it’s a good record. So that challenge excites me and I’m down. And this is what people don’t understand is that, even after I knocked out Woodley, they were all like, ‘Fight a real boxer.’ I’m like, ‘You guys, I tried, and he dropped out of the fight two weeks before.’ So I want to fight a real boxer, newsflash, and I’m going to. Just have some f*cking patience.”
I’ve KO’ed everyone I’ve fought. pic.twitter.com/Pz55uCIHc4— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 19, 2021
He also continued on to reveal that he's got no interest in rescheduling a matchup with Tommy Fury, reiterating that he doesn't believe the 22-year old Manchester, England native deserves another shot at facing him after withdrawing from their scheduled bout last month.
“Of course. He wants the payday. But I’ve said it before, I don’t want to take the fight with him. He doesn’t deserve it,” Paul said. “And I would rather fight Tyson [Fury]. I would want Tyson to come down to cruiserweight and that would be a bigger fight. So I’d rather fight Tyson or his dad. His dad, John, did a better job of promoting the fight than Tommy did. So I would fight his brother or his dad before I’d fight Tommy.”