Canelo Alvarez surprisingly praised Jake Paul and insisted that he doesn’t consider the YouTuber-turned-boxer is unhealthy for his sport.
Mexico’s pound-for-pound king is ready to problem Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light-heavyweight world title on Saturday evening in Las Vegas, and has been talking to media forward of the occasion.
When one reporter posed a query about Jake, Canelo’s preliminary response was: “The factor I’m interested by is – why are you guys asking me particularly that combat?
“Jake Paul, please guys.
“Maybe in two years like he says, maybe in two years we can talk.”
As one other media member advised followers wish to see him KO the YouTuber, Canelo laughed: “Maybe, yeah, yeah, you’re proper.
“In two years, we’ll see.
“I hope he improves extra and he does a extremely good job.
“In two years I hope he’s doing a really good job and improving [his] boxing.”
Asked if he thinks Jake is nice for boxing, Canelo replied: “Everything is nice for boxing.
“He brings more fans to boxing. Everything is good, everything is fine.”
Pushed as as to if Jake is loopy for looking for a combat with him, Canelo insisted: “No, he’s not loopy.
“That is just not loopy, it’s nice dreaming of one thing.
“You need to put goals in your mind. It’s okay.”
In the ultimate query of the trade a reporter requested if Jake is delusional, to which Canelo replied: “Like I say, it’s good dreaming.”
Eddie Hearn co-promoted Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano alongside Jake in New York final week, however described the American as ‘deluded’ for eager to combat Canelo.
Reacting to Canelo and Hearn’s feedback, Jake took to social media.
He tweeted: “Much to respect to @Canelo.
“Because he’s performed the unimaginable and created his personal lane and legacy he can recognise the optimism required to do one thing that has by no means been performed earlier than.
“While this interviewer and @EddieHearn name it delusion, the greats name it self perception.
“Not everybody inherits their daddy’s firm like Eddie Hearn.
“Some of us have to believe in ourselves when we had absolutely nothing and foresee no possible way of overcoming our circumstances other than self belief.”
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