Jake Paul has had his motives for fighting Tyron Woodley later this year questioned by UFC great Chael Sonnen.
The YouTube star is 3-0 as a professional boxer but has yet to face somebody as accomplished in fighting as Woodley, who was UFC welterweight champion from 2015 to 2019.
But Sonnen has asked if he will be looking to move up the ranks in boxing should he defeat the ex-UFC star, who cornered Ben Askren in Paul's last fight.
And if Paul is intending on moving up to face legitimate top-tier fighters, Sonnen believes he should be telling fans of his intentions as soon as possible.
"I'd like to hear from Paul," Sonnen said while discussing the August 28 fight. "I think all of you owe him a little bit of a courtesy, a little bit of his due respect.
"He is claiming that he is good enough to beat these guys, but he is now signing contracts to get in there with them.
"Now it comes down to if he's going to step in there with a world champion and he plans to beat him, then that must mean he plans to be a world champion.
"And if that is the case then I think he needs to start saying it, he needs to come out and start talking about contendership, talking about rankings, where does he go from here.
"Just to give us a little bit more of a reason as to why we are doing this, because we don't want to admit what we all know which is that there is a little bit of a circus going on, a bit of a cash grab.
"We don't fully want to admit that, we still want to be sportsmen at heart, and it looks as though if Paul is going to do this then he at least believes what it is he's saying.
"I think he has shown not only skill with the Askren fight, but a sincerity with even taking the T-Wood fight that he believes what he's saying."
Will Jake Paul beat Tyron Woodley? Let us know in the comments below
Paul has amassed a record of 3-0 thus far in his pro career and recently signed a deal with Showtime Boxing in America, but Woodley will be the first legitimate striking threat he has faced to date.
The former UFC welterweight champion was renowned for both his wrestling and his stand-up in his MMA career and is still a feared competitor despite losing his last four bouts.
He won the top prize in MMA by brutally knocking out famed striker Robbie Lawlor in 2016 and defended his title four times against top strikers Stephen Thompson (twice) and Darren Till, as well as jiu-jitsu legend Demian Maia.
Woodley lost the belt in early 2019 to Kamaru Usman and has since lost to Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington and Vincente Luque, who are ranked second, first and fifth respectively in the division.
The pair will go face-to-face later this week in Miami, which will be their first meeting since Woodley cornered Askren for his April 18 bout with Paul.
Source: Read Full Article