British former boxer Tony Bellew fired a brutal response to Jake Paul after the American posted his 2022 goals on Twitter.
Paul has become an incredibly divisive figure within the boxing community, and the YouTuber currently possesses a perfect 5-0 record in professional boxing.
The 24-year-old has defeated fellow content creator ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on two occasions.
Paul won their first bout on points but he sensationally knocked out Woodley on December 18 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. He stopped the 39-year-old with a powerfu one-punch knockout in the sixth round of their rematch.
Heading into 2022, Paul posted his list of four goals for the New Year on social media.
“Some people are asking about my 2022 goals,” wrote Paul. “Here they are.
“1. Buy Mayweather Promotions and save them from bankruptcy.
“2. Hire stylist for Floyd Mayweather.
“3. Take selfie with Oprah.
“4. Go to chiropractor to heal back from carrying the sport of boxing.”
Bellew reacted quickly to the YouTuber’s tweet, and the former WBC cruiserweight world champion made his feelings known about the controversial Paul.
“You couldn’t carry the jockstrap of a proper BOXER son. Please rephrase point 4!” Bellew responded.
The Liverpool-born star has spoken out against the recent trend of YouTubers-turned-boxers, of which Paul is the most notable.
“It’s wrong what they’re doing to the sport by claiming they are these fighters,” Bellew told the BBC. “I’m okay with you making a few quid, this is all good when they’re all making a few quid and everyone’s making some money.
“But understand, someone’s gonna get hurt doing this and then it’s gonna come back on boxing. So you need to take it seriously, boxing is a professional, dangerous, brutal business.
“Do not mess about and try and think this is showbusiness, it’s cameras, it’s lights, fun and games. It ain’t nothing funny about being in the ring with another man who wants to take your head off your neck.
“I’ve been there, I’ve done it. Believe you me, someone will get hurt in one of these fights and that’s when it’ll all come raining down. That’s when boxing will be called a joke of a sport, ‘This is a disgrace, this is wrong.’ Just stop it now.”
Paul, who will likely take a break from boxing after his win over Woodley, is reportedly searching for his next opponent to have had prior professional boxing experience.
Former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has been linked with a bout against the American, and talks with advisor Lupe Valencia are underway to make it a reality.
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