Jake Paul has named his five-fight bucket list while developments bubble away in the background, with the YouTube star’s potential next opponent revealed.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Paul said pound-for-pound superstar Canelo Alvarez was at the top of his list.
The internet sensation is certainly aiming high, with Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury also on his list.
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Dana White is the final name on the list, only adding fire to the feud between the pair after Paul called the UFC boss out for how he treats his fighters.
Speaking on his brother Logan’s podcast, Paul said: “I make more than every UFC fighter f****** combined, including Conor. Y’all work for f****** Dana, y’all work for WME, Endeavor, that’s who you work for.
“I make more than all of you silly motherf******. Why would I go into the UFC? Sign a contract and give away my f****** rights and s***. I own my content, I own my platform, I own everything. They don’t own s***, they are literally employees.
“I’m a f****** CEO and every UFC fighter is an employee. Get that straight. I’m not coming over there and doing s*** with y’all.”
Paul’s superstar status has allowed him to take away the power from boxing promoters to dictate fights, something US media personality Stephen A. Smith called a “beautiful thing for the sport”.
Smith though did add that Paul calling out Alvarez was an “insult” and you can only imagine how he would react to the YouTuber adding Tyson in particular to that list.
Paul has come under increased scrutiny for not getting in the ring with a legitimate boxer, although he was set to do just that in his most recent fight until Tommy Fury pulled out.
That could be about to change with conversations underway and an offer made to see Paul fight former middleweight world champion Julio César Chávez Jr.
Speaking to Fight News, Chávez Jr. confirmed he is in negotiations with Paul’s camp.
“Jake Paul and his people contacted me regarding a fight with Paul,” he said.
“I said yes, but then again Lupe Valencia, who is with Paul now and used to be with me a few years back, said they offered me one to three million dollars plus PPV.
“When it’s a fight that can sell millions and can break records because he is popular and I have a name, I’m a former world champion, so I made it clear that it has to be a 50-50 split for me to take the fight.”
Chávez Jr. is the son of retired boxing legend Julio César Chávez and boasts a 53-6-1 record with 34 knockouts to his name.
He would represent a serious step in class for Paul and knows he can finish the 24-year-old.
“Take into consideration that I have to go all the way up to 190 pounds,” he added.
“Jake Paul is a big guy and weight matters, so it’s a risk. Their people may want to see me lose and take advantages, but he doesn’t know how to box. I know I can knock him out.
“I just want to be treated fairly. What I bring to the table and my name, I have 61 fights already and yes I haven’t looked the same in my last two fights, but I fought with serious injuries in my body that I will tell you about later on.
“I’m feeling better little by little and if the Paul fight happens, I will be very well prepared to win. I will not lose.”