JAKE PAUL has vowed to go ‘undefeated and then retire’ in a 15-fight career as he warned: ‘I’m only getting better’.
The YouTuber-turned prizefighter is already 5-0 as a boxer and in the past revealed plans to leave the sport after ten bouts.
But having reached the halfway mark already, the American has plans to fight for even longer, believing he is only just getting started.
Paul, 24, told Boxing with Chris Mannix: “It’s so interesting because, at the beginning of the year, I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll go 10-0 and then retire’.
“But in a blink of an eye, all of a sudden, I’m 5-0. I feel like I just finished my rookie season and I just finished chapter one of the book.
“And there’s so much more left for me to read. And I’m young, I’m motivated, and I’m only getting better and better and better.
“With each fight I realise how much further I can take this even more and I knew the competition would level up with every fight.
“I was driven by the motivation that people were tuning in to watch me lose.
“So it’s weird to try and map it out but I definitely want to go undefeated and then retire.
“So whether that’s 10 fights, 15 fights – we’ll see, I guess.”
Paul has knocked out every opponent he has faced, having sparked Tyron Woodley, 39, in December, four months after initially winning on points.
It added to KO’s over YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37.
But Paul is still yet to fight an opponent with prior professional boxing experience.
That was due to come in the form of Tommy Fury, 22, the brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, 33.
But he pulled out with a broken rib and bacterial chest infection, so on less than a fortnight’s notice, Woodley filled in as replacement.
Now Paul is ready to leave Fury in the dust, favouring a fight with ex-middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 35.
He said: “I like that fight a lot because it silences the critics.
“He was a former world champion and I know I could beat him. That challenge excites me and I’m down.
“Even after I knocked out Woodley they were like ‘fight a real boxer’ and I’m like ‘You guys I tried, and he [Tommy Fury] dropped out of the fight two weeks before’.
“I want to fight a real boxer and I’m going to, just have some f***ing patience.”