JAKE PAUL believes a showdown with former WBO middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will ‘silence’ all of his critics.
Despite boasting a perfect 5-0 record, the YouTuber turned boxer continues to be criticised by fans of the sweet science as he’s yet to fight a fully-fledged professional.
And the former Disney star – who brutally knocked out ex-UFC champ Tyron Woodley late last year – wants to shut up his detractors by getting in the ring with the Mexican Chavez Jr.
He told The Volume Sports: “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.”
It’s been reported that preliminary talks between Paul and Chavez Jr, the son of boxing great Julio Sr, have taken place.
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And Chavez Jr – who recently lost to UFC great Anderson Silva – has been urged to retire from the sport if he loses to the younger Paul brother.
Former Mexican world champ Jhonny Gonzalez recently said: “It is a good business [what] these YouTubers are doing who want to face boxers.
“But if the Chavez Jnr [fight] happens, I just hope that Julio prepares well because if he loses to Paul then he had better retire from boxing.”
Paul’s liking of a bout with Chavez Jr could spell bad news for Tommy Fury was forced to withdraw from their December grudge match due to illness and injury.
But Paul has seemingly moved on a from a bout with the Love Islander, telling Volume Sports: “He wants the payday.
“But I said it before, I don’t wanna take the fight with him, he doesn’t deserve it. I’d rather fight Tyson Fury.
“I’ll fight his brother or his dad before I’ll fight Tommy.”
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