Jake Paul's former rival Ben Askren has backed Tyron Woodley to be the YouTube star's next opponent after their fight on Sunday night.
Paul all but accepted a rematch with Woodley in the ring on Sunday night after their bout, under the condition that the former UFC champion gets a tatto saying "I love Jake Paul".
And now Paul's ex-opponent Askren, whom the YouTuber brutally stopped in the first round back in April, expects his friend Woodley will get a shot at another big payday.
“I think him and Tyron happens again," Askren told fans on an Instagram Live stream. "And I'll tell you why.
"While I’ll definitely admit that Jake is working hard at this and he has achieved a relatively high level of boxing proficiency, I think going from the level he’s at to a world champion level is a long ways off."
Paul has taken to calling out a number of world level competitors, including Gervonta Davis and pound-for-pound great Canelo Alvarez.
But Askren doesn't believe that after seeing him go eight rounds with the inexperienced Woodley, Paul is still quite a distance from that standard.
“Tyron was a world champion in mixed martial arts," Askren explained.
"I think I’ve had the conversation with him and he would recognise that him versus a world champion in boxing is a tough matchup, it’s not going to go all that well.
“Now in boxing, I think there’s less big-name guys than in MMA, for sure, and so you’re not gonna get to the big name boxers unless you go to the very, very top of the heap."
And Askren feels that Paul's ability to get a fight with a similarly big name to Woodley, and the requisite boxing ability for a step-up, will be a tough ask.
Tommy Fury appears to be the only other option for Paul as it stands, but the Love Island star didn't impress Showtime executives with his lacklustre decision win over Anthony Taylor on Sunday night.
"If he goes to the top of the heap, he’s not going to be competitive with them," Askren continued.
"He needs someone else whose a big name across the bill from him to sell the fight, if it’s him versus someone we’ve never heard of, it makes it not that interesting.
"The fight that makes the most sense is him fighting Tyron again – there’s now a history, there’s a backstory, Tyron also has a big name, the first fight was competitive.
"Who else could you make a case for?”
It was at Paul and Askren's fight in Atlanta this April that the rivalry between he and Woodley began.
The 39-year-old was cornering his close friend Askren for his boxing debut and had to go to Paul's changing room for the customary glove check.
And the pair got in an altercation when Paul and coach J'Leon Love mocked his lack of boxing knowledge.
With Woodley having been released from the UFC just weeks earlier, he emerged as the next opponent for Paul, with the pair finally fighting on Sunday night.
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