Jake Paul explains how fighters attitudes towards him have changed
Jake Paul has claimed fighters are now requesting to be on his undercard after previously disregarding his boxing career.
The YouTube star is closing in on a hotly-anticipated clash with Briton Tommy Fury before the end of the year with the fight pencilled in for December 18 in Miami.
Paul will look to add another high-profile name to his resume after defeating former UFC star Tyron Woodley.
And he has explained how fighters have shown a different attitude towards his boxing career, and are requesting to feature on his fight cards.
Paul posted on Twitter : "It used to be 'Jake Paul is bad for boxing' Now it’s 'can I get on the undercard'."
The 24-year-old has faced many critics to his boxing career, after he fought YouTube pair Deji and AnEson Gib to start out his career.
But he has since been a talisman for crossover fights with UFC athletes, fighting Ben Askren and most recently Woodley in the boxing ring.
Now he is set to take on Fury, who has limited experience in the sport but comes from a healthy bloodline with brother Tyson the current heavyweight world champion.
And the YouTuber has vowed to secure a fight with Fury to add a "real boxer" to his pedigree after negative calls from many in the sport.
He told the 'Full Send' podcast: “I think Tommy Fury is at the top of that list. He’s skilled, he’s undefeated, and he’s a real boxer. “He has like 4 million followers on Instagram which is good engagement. He has the fans from his relationship show [ Love Island ].
“It all starts with the numbers, like would the fight sell a lot? Would people actually care? I could go and fight the infamous jiujitsu guy who doesn’t shut the f*** up on social media, but it’s a hard sell.
"This guy just beat a UFC hall of fame legendary striker, we’re not going to put him up against a jiujitsu guy in a boxing match.
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“So after each fight, we go back to the drawing board and we’re like ‘who makes the most sense’ — can they actually sell pay-per-views? Can we sell this fight as like ‘this is a tough fight for Jake.'"
Mirror Fighting sources indicated that a deal for the fight was close, before it was later revealed that Miami would be the venue for a December 18 showdown.
But negotiations were not plain sailing, with Paul initially taking to social media to make a public £1 million offer to his opponent.
Fury immediately rejected the offer and called for more lucrative financial reward due to the status of the fighters.
Although Fury's promoter Frank Warren has since signalled that the fight agreement is "very close" to completion.
The British star made his America debut on the undercard of Paul's clash with Woodley defeating Anthony Taylor.
The pair then met in a heated altercation after the fight, but it looked like Fury may fall short of securing a meeting with Woodley demanding a rematch.
Since Woodley fulfilled a tattoo bet to try and force a rematch, plans appear to have been shelved by Paul who claimed it did not meet the conditions of the wager.
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