Three-time world champion gets tattoo to call out Jake Paul for boxing match
A world champion boxer has had a dig at Jake Paul tattooed on his leg as part of a bizarre plan to land a big payday fight with the YouTuber.
The American is, surprisingly, unbeaten and boasts a professional record of 5-0 after turning to the sport to cash in on his internet fame.
However, he is yet to fight an actual boxer having so far beaten a fellow YouTuber, a basketball player, former MMA fighter Ben Askren and ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley twice.
That was supposed to change shortly before Christmas, but Tommy Fury had to pull out of a planned bout through injury and Paul appears reluctant to rearrange their meeting.
And so the American's next opponent in the ring has not been identified – but one boxer is doing his best to get noticed.
Mairis Briedis is the IBF cruiserweight champion and is regarded by most rankings as one of the best active pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
The Latvian Punisher is so desperate for the chance to put Paul in his place, he filmed himself getting inked with a swipe at the YouTuber and called for a response.
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"Today we will make some crazy scenes. Let's go and see what's happening Jake," Briedis says, before walking into a tattoo parlour.
He then spends some time explaining to the artist what he would like, before he is shown getting it put onto his upper thigh.
"Hey Jake, I've got something for you. Jake, now it's your turn," the Latvian added as the camera showed the large design that is now permanently inked on him.
At the middle of the patterns is an animal with piercing red eyes, surrounded by the words: "Jake's bad karma."
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Briedis would represent a far bigger test than any boxer Paul has face so far in his short career, though the American is yet to respond publicly to the 36-year-old's message.
Instead, Paul posted a video last week of him practising his MMA skills, fuelling rumours that he is training to take part in the UFC amid his ongoing feud with the promotion's boss Dana White.
The American has already said he would walk away from his boxing career if he was guaranteed a fight against Jorge Masvidal.
But while that seems unlikely to happen, he does have the chance to prove his many doubters wrong if he can achieve something special against Briedis in the boxing ring.
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