Eddie Hearn has said he thinks Jake Paul truly believes he will dethrone pound-for-pound boxing king Canelo Alvarez in the not-too-distant future.
The Mexican sensation is set to challenge Dmitry Bivol for his WBA light-heavyweight world title in another big fight at the pinnacle of the sport this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Hearn will be promoting the fight, having recently signed a new two-fight deal to represent Canelo going forward.
Last week however, the British promoter was in New York to co-promote Katie Taylor’s split decision win over Amanda Serrano alongside Jake Paul.
Hearn’s candid discussions with Jake about his own professional career, in which he called him “average”, made headlines during fight week.
He has now explained on the MMA Hour: “The problem is – I won’t be disrespectful, but at the same time I’m not going to thumb my nose at him because I’m just going to be honest.
“There are so many fighters out there that I would say are average.
“It’s not poor, it’s not good, it’s in the middle.
“So I say you’re an average professional fighter, that’s a huge compliment.
“He’s a guy who, he was telling me offscreen, ‘In two years, I’ll beat Canelo.’
“And I kind of go get a camera and realize there isn’t one, and I think, ‘Wow.'”
When asked if he thought Jake really believed him, Hearn added: “Yeah, I think he’s so deceived, so deceived.
“But that illusion and that confidence will actually help him in the ring.
“Because he really goes into it thinking he’s a world class fighter.
“It will eventually get him eliminated, but I think people are a bit confused by his confidence.
“And that’s not fake confidence, he really thinks he’s a world class fighter.
“When he said, ‘I’ve fought these top five cruiserweights.’
“I’ve never heard of them and I know every fighter in the world.
“He said, ‘They’re in the top five cruiserweights in the world.’
“I said, ‘Well, there are four world champions and it’s not them. “”
Hearn and Jake initially agreed to a $1 million bet on Taylor vs. Serrano, but had to back out due to issues with promoters betting on their own fights.
As a result, they discussed alternative options for a bet.
“I spoke to Shaun Palmer who is our head of council,” Hearn said.
“And when I came out of the [press conference] scene, he was like, ‘That’s not a great look.’
“It’s a very gray area of a promoter betting on a fight he’s promoting in terms of integrity, it doesn’t look great.
“So we talked to Jake and Nakisa [Bidarian – Jake’s manager] and they were like, ‘Well, what do you want to do?’
“I was like, ‘Well, we can’t really make the bet, I think, but you want to find something different.’
“We sort of tossed around a few ideas.
“We haven’t finalized anything, but the last thing [we discussed] was – if Katie Taylor lost, I should go train with Jake, and we’d probably air it.
“And if we win, I’ll send someone to spare Jake.”
“We’ll see. Tony Bellew would be a good one.
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