Jake Paul explains why he’d be "dead or in jail" without boxing

Jake Paul has explained why he would be either "dead or in jail" without boxing after going down a "weird path" in his life.

The Problem Child is now unbeaten through five fights since turning professional at the start of 2020, but has yet to face a fellow boxer on his way to 5-0. Despite this, he has created a considerable buzz in the boxing world since first entering the ring and continues to dominate headlines even between fights.

Paul has now opened up on how boxing saved his life and why he has become so passionate about the sport.

In an interview with Teddy Atlas, Paul explained: "Boxing saved my life, so I owe a ton to it. I would be in jail or probably dead somewhere if it weren’t for boxing because I was going down a really weird path in my early 20s that wasn’t sustainable and because of that I owe everything to this sport.

"That’s why I’m so passionate about making boxing great again. I have the hat that says make boxing great again… I’ll slowly earn more people’s respect."

The YouTube star turned boxer moved to 5-0 with a sixth round knockout win over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in December, having won their first bout via a split decision.

Woodley is the second mixed martial artist Paul has faced, while his other wins have come against a former NBA player and another YouTuber, causing fans to question whether his fights devalue the sports integrity.

Who should be Jake Paul's next boxing opponent? Let us know in the comments section below.

"I understand people’s perspective about how it’s a circus and how this isn’t boxing," added Paul. "But again all I’m doing is putting in the work and trying to get better in the gym and fighting tougher opponents each time.

"I respect this sport more than anything. I think anyone that puts on the 10 oz gloves and gets in that squared circle should be respected because you’re risking your life at the end of the day and that’s why I take this very seriously.

"All I ever wanted to do is to contribute to the sport, bring new eyeballs to the sport, help fighters get paid more."

Although Paul's next opponent is yet to be confirmed, he recently revealed a shortlist for his next fight that included Tyson Fury's younger brother Tommy.

Paul and Fury had been due to fight in December, only for the latter to withdraw due to injury and illness, with Woodley stepping in at late notice for a rematch with Paul.

Source: Read Full Article