Taunts and tattoos: the queue to fight Jake Paul continues to grow

Mairis Briedis and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr are the latest boxers to give their chins and banking details to YouTuber Jake Paul, writes Elliot Worsell

It was easy to pretend that Jake Paul had no connection in the so-called real world of boxing when so-called real boxers united on the flip of the other cheek.

However, with Paul now growing in popularity and thus importance, what we are currently seeing is the exact opposite: Boxers, Salim they do their best to make themselves known to Paul; The Boxers were almost begging Paul for a chance to fight him.

This shift in approach is perhaps understandable, and even inevitable, in light of Paul’s staying power and his power of attraction. Many professional Paul boxers see what most fans see as Eyes in Paul – the inability to fight – and thus they want to become the first professional boxer to not only fight Paul, but expose everything they are sure to reveal.

However, although the reasons are obvious, this does not mean that Paul’s sudden scream is good for boxing, nor should it be considered anything other than sarcastic. it’s not like that. it’s not. Changing the sea became more controversial as well, once a world champion like Myris Predis (IBF cruiserweight champion) gets to his knees and asks Paul for a chance to earn the kind of money he seems to have given up hope of achieving the world title. fights.

This happened yesterday when Pridis, 36, filmed himself entering a tattoo parlor and getting a tattoo on his thigh as a kind of message to a YouTuber. A bit of fun, perhaps, was, in fact, the social media equivalent of my dad’s joke; Great joke no one but Bredes. There were, burnt to the leg of a Latvian, some kind of animal—instead of oxen, think Chicago moose—and the words “Jake’s bad karma,” which precedes Briedis and then says to the camera, “Now it’s your turn.”

Fun for Bredes, desperate for others, and more disturbing than anything else is what this says of Paul’s growing importance and power not only among the occasional boxing fan but also among the revered world champions, of the kind once seen as the best and greatest.

Obviously that is no longer the case. Myers Prides, 28-1 (20), is clearly happy to follow former NBA star Nate Robinson and former mixed martial artists Ben Askrin and Tyrone Woodley into a Jake Paul fight, 5-0 (4), and get his biggest paycheck. profession to date. And when you put it this way, it probably makes sense.

Paul claims he’s open to fighting the right boxer, too. One, albeit fellow rookie, was scheduled to fight in the form of Tommy Fury in December (only for an injured Fury to withdraw) and is clearly heated up by critics who accuse him of avoiding proper fights and proper fighters.

That doesn’t mean he’ll go from one extreme to the other and suddenly agree to meet an animal like Briedis – guaranteed to drown Paul and do so quickly – but that Do Open the door for the right boxers to have fun.

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In addition to Brades, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr – a former fit boxer, now a former boxer – has shown an interest in fighting Paul in 2022. He said in a live broadcast on Instagram, “I assure you I’m going to beat Jack Paul’s donkey. I want the winner to get all the Something when I fight Jack Paul. The winner takes all the money.”

Chavez Jenner, a former middleweight title holder, called Paul “trash” and promised he would “kick him out” if given the opportunity to do so. It is, of course, an opportunity. Sadly, given the position in which boxing has found itself trending in recent years, professional boxers are now looking for the “opportunities” given them by internet celebrities whose reach is believed to be greater than anything a boxer has. Check in the ring. Unfortunately, the balance of power, which had always been an unequal thing in the sport of boxing, has changed again.

Paul recently said, “Julio Cesar Chavez, I love fighting so much that it silences critics.” Volume Sports boxing with Chris Mannix. “He was a former world champion and I know I can defeat him. This challenge excites me and excites me.”

For purists, the perennial hope is that Paul’s vanity and desire to prove himself in a sport will never perfect the results of his search for challenges for which he was woefully unprepared. Because then, and only then, this performative competition will succumb to reality and normal service – whatever that may be in reality – will resume.

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