JAKE PAUL has been labelled a ‘joke’ by boxing pundit Stephen A. Smith after calling out pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez.
The YouTuber recently moved to 5-0 in his professional boxing career by knocking out Tyron Woodley in their rematch in Florida.
The victory adds to his previous split decision win over Woodley, along with his triumphs over fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, basketball player Nate Robinson and MMA wrestler Ben Askren.
But Smith believes Paul is continuing to con the public and now needs to actually step in with a bonafide boxer.
In a clip taken from ESPN’s show First Take, he said: “Jake Paul can’t get away with lying anymore.
“He has been training with boxers and professional boxing trainers for more than four years, from my understanding.
“You knocked out a basketball player, you knocked out a guy in Ben Askren who was a UFC fighter. He was a wrestler.
“Tyron Woodley had the power to knock you out; sure, and he’s knocked people out before. But he’s a wrestler.
“You’re not fighting boxers. And somewhere along the way, people gotta stop walking around, laughing and acting like it’s alright for you to be beating up on cats that don’t box, while you’re calling yourself a boxer.”
Paul ambitiously named Mexican superstar Canelo as someone on his hit-list of opponents after beating Woodley.
Alvarez is a four-weight world champion and has not lost since he was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
And Smith attacked Paul for even mentioning Canelo’s name as a potential match-up in the future.
“That’s a joke,” he added. “It’s an insult. Here’s the deal – Canelo’s the best in the world.
“He’ll knock Jake Paul out in one round. He’ll take him out.
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“But more importantly, Jake Paul hasn’t earned the right to be in the ring with somebody as serious, and as lethal, and as accomplished as Canelo.”
Canelo recently became undisputed super-middleweight champion after beating Caleb Plant to claim the last of the four belts in the 168lb division.
Now he has been linked with a startling move up to cruiserweight to take on WBC champion Ilunga Makabu.