Stephen A. Smith thinks it’s “a joke” that Jake Paul would problem Canelo Alvarez after his knockout win in opposition to Tyron Woodley.
“You’re not fighting boxers. Somewhere along the way people have to stop walking around, laughing and acting like it’s alright for you to be beating up on cats that don’t box while you’re calling yourself a boxer,” Smith mentioned on ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday.
After Paul’s KO win in opposition to Woodley on Sunday — his second victory over the previous UFC star in 4 months — he tweeted at Alvarez, “I hope you’re training.”
When “First Take” host Molly Qerim famous that Paul known as out Canelo for a struggle, Smith mentioned, “Time out, that’s a joke.”
“First of all, its an insult… Canelo is the bet in the world. He’ll knock Jake Paul out in one round. He’ll take him out. But more importantly, Jake Paul hasn’t earned the right to be in the ring with somebody as serious and as lethal and as accomplished as Canelo.”
Smith mentioned Paul needs to be combating “somebody with the muscle memory that actually boxes,” resembling Tommy Fury — the youthful brother of two-time world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
Paul was initially scheduled to struggle Fury in Tampa, Fla. final week, however the British boxer backed out resulting from well being causes. He mentioned in a video on Instagram that he suffered a bacterial chest an infection and damaged ribs.
“Jake Paul can’t get away with lying anymore. He has been training with boxers and professional boxing trainers for more than four years from my understanding,” mentioned Smith, who went on to call his previous opponents.
Paul’s first three skilled fights all resulted in knockouts.
Last November, the YouTuber knocked out former Knicks participant Nate Robinson early within the second spherical of their eight-round cruiserweight exhibition.
He defeated YouTuber AnEsonGib in Jan. 2020, after which ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren this previous spring. In August, the Internet character beat Woodley, through cut up resolution.
Paul is now 5-0 pro-fighting profession after his knockout in opposition to the previous UFC star.
Now, Paul is probably going on the hunt for his subsequent opponent in 2022.