Jake Paul has claimed he has no ide who Tony Bellew is after Eddie Hearn proposed a "massive fight" between the two cruiserweight boxers.
Retired fighter Bellew is a former WBC cruiserweight world champion and challenged for the undisputed title in his final fight against Oleksandr Usyk in 2018. Despite this, YouTuber turned boxer Paul appeared to be unaware who he was after a journalist asked him and Hearn about the possibility of the two meeting in the ring.
After being asked by iFL TV, Hearn replied: “Oh, now that’s a massive fight, massive fight. He’s retired, he’s old, he’s a former world champion.”
A visibly confused Paul chimed in with: "Who is he? I'm not sure who he is." Before Hearn explained: “Tony Bellew, former cruiserweight world champion. He was in Creed. You might know him from there.”
Paul then joked: “That’s his claim to fame? He was in Creed, he was in the back, he was a janitor in the background of Creed.”
A reporter then directly asked the American fighter if he really had not heard of Bellew, to which he answered: “I think I have heard that name but I couldn’t put a face to it.”
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Hearn proceeded to remind Paul of Bellew's accomplishments in the ring, including his world title and undisputed challenge against Usyk four years ago.
Paul responded by adding: “Lovely, lovely, lovely. No, I know who Usyk is of course. You didn’t ask me about that, you asked me about Bellew.”
This prompted Hearn to finish with: "He is a big fan of yours." Bellew retired in 2018 following his eighth round technical knockout defeat to Usyk in Manchester, ending his career with a professional record of 30-3-1.
Hearn and Paul have both been in New York City this week, promoting Saturday night's female lightweight world title contest between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano.
The build-up to the bout at Madison Square Garden included a bizarre exchange between Hearn and Paul, who is acting as Serrano's promoter, when the latter asked Hearn if he would let him smash his buns.
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