‘So misled’: Eddie Hearn reveals what Jake Paul told him off-camera about the Canelo Alvarez fight and explains why he called it ‘average’

Eddie Hearn has said that he believes Jake Paul truly believes he will dethrone the pound-for-pound king of boxing, 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 top of the sport. this Saturday In Las Vegas

Hearn and Paul made headlines with their debates during fight week.

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Hearn and Paul made headlines with their debates during fight week.

Hearn will promote the fight, having recently agreed to a new two-fight deal to represent Canelo going forward.

However, last week, the British promoter was in New York co-promoting Katie Taylor’s split decision. gain about Amanda Serrano with Jake Paul.

Hearn’s frank discussions with Jake about his own professional career, in which he called him “average,” made headlines on fight week.

He has now explained in mixed martial arts time: “The problem is that I will not be disrespectful, but at the same time I will not brown your nose because I will be honest.

“There are so many fighters out there that I would say are average.

“That’s not poor, that’s not good, that’s in the middle.

Jake wasn't too pleased with Hearn calling him 'average'

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Jake wasn’t too pleased with Hearn calling him ‘average’

“So I’m saying you’re an average professional fighter, that’s a huge compliment.

“This is a guy who told me off camera: ‘In two years I’ll beat Canelo.’

“And I look for a camera and I realize there isn’t one, and I’m like, ‘Wow.'”

When asked if he thinks Jake really believes this, Hearn added: “Yeah, I think he’s so deluded, so deluded.

“But that illusion and that confidence will actually help him in the ring.

“Because he really goes in there thinking he’s a world-class fighter.

“Eventually they will knock him out, but I think people get a little taken aback by his confidence.

“And it’s not false confidence, he actually genuinely thinks he’s a world-class fighter.

Canelo is the pound-for-pound king of boxing.

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Canelo is the pound-for-pound king of boxing.

“When he said, ‘I’ve been training with these top five cruiserweights.’

“I have never heard of them, and I know every fighter in the world.

“He said, ‘They’re among 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 pull out due to issues involving promoters betting on their own fights.

As a result, they discussed alternative options for a bet.

Hearn and Jake discussed a new bet, with no money at stake.

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Hearn and Jake discussed a new bet, with no money at stake.

“I spoke with Shaun Palmer, our senior adviser,” Hearn said.

“And when I came out of the [press conference] stage, he was like, ‘It’s not a great look.

“It’s a very gray area of ​​a promoter betting on a fight that they’re promoting in terms of integrity, it doesn’t look very good.

“So we talked to Jake and Nakisa [Bidarian – Jake’s manager] and they’d say, ‘Well, what do you want to do?’

“I was like, ‘Well, I guess we can’t really make the bet, but do you want to think of something else?’

“In a way, we looked at some ideas.

“We didn’t really finalize anything, but the last [we discussed] was: if Katie Taylor lost, she would have to go and train with Jake, and we would probably broadcast it.

“And if we win, I’d send someone to train Jake.

“We’ll see. Tony Bellew would be good.”


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