Jeff Mayweather has given his opinion on rumors that Jake Paul’s rematch against Tyron Woodley is rigged. Jeff, a member of the revered Mayweather boxing family and former professional boxer himself, apparently believes the fight was not rigged.
In a video posted on The Mayweather Channel On YouTube, Jeff Mayweather was asked about ongoing rumors regarding Jake Paul’s latest fight. ‘The Problem Child’ faced former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a rematch on December 18.
Jake Paul had already beaten ‘T-Wood’ by split decision in August and beat him again last Saturday, this time via a vicious knockout in the sixth round.
Jeff Mayweather intervened in the controversy and lent his support to Paul. He also noted that the YouTube star has improved in the ring even though he hasn’t faced a top professional boxer. Mayweather said:
“I don’t think it’s rigged. No one is going to fall in their face to become a cursed meme for the next 10 years. Why? Do not mistake yourself ; I just think Jake is better. Alluding to the fact that it’s difficult to accurately assess Jake Paul’s pugilistic skills until he fights a relatively experienced boxer, Mayweather said, “I don’t judge him. He’s getting better. But at the same time, until he fights somebody in boxing that even has, you know, kind of stature, then that’s fine.
However, Mayweather also noted that Jake Paul might never fight a legitimate professional boxer.
“It’s still a long way to go. I don’t know how long he’s gonna fight, you know. He might not fight long enough to fight a legitimate fighter.
Watch Jeff Mayweather talk about Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley II and more in the video below:
Jake Paul on potential MMA stint
During the pre-fight press conference for the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley rematch, “The Problem Child” was asked about a possible switch to the sport of MMA. Paul responded by noting that he had respectable experience in amateur wrestling.
The 24-year-old also revealed that he reached out to UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team to help them hone their skills for a possible future MMA fight. Jake Paul has no plans to quit boxing for MMA anytime soon.
Either way, Paul explained:
“You know, I’m going to get coached by Jav Mendez, Team Khabib, and that’s it. Yeah, they’re down, 100 percent. When asked who his first opponent would be, Paul noted: “Sh **, I don’t even know. I have to finish. I have to do 10-0, 12-0 in boxing first, then I’ll hit this MMA fight.”
Paul called out MMA icons Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz for boxing matches. However, both fighters are currently under contract with the UFC. They’re unlikely to fight “The Problem Child” unless the UFC allows it.
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As of yet, Jake Paul’s next opponent and the date of his return have not been disclosed.