Stephen A. Smith has blasted Jake Paul, saying that the boxer “can’t get away with lying anymore”.
Following his defeat of Tyron Woodley on December 18, the YouTuber has been basking in glory, with a 5-0 record to his name.
But Smith, the internet-famous American sports television personality, spoke on ESPN’s show First Take, calling into question Paul’s recent words about Canelo Alvarez.
The Mexican fighter has won multiple world championships in four weight classes from light middleweight to light heavyweight. The 31-year-old is the first boxer in history to become undisputed champion at super middleweight.
Paul had sent to Alvarez a message following his latest wn. He wrote: “I hope you’re training.”
And Smith could not fathom Paul’s recent comments: “Jake Paul can’t get away with lying anymore.
“He has been training with boxers and professional boxing trainers for more than four years, from my understanding.
“You knocked out a basketball player, you knocked out a guy in Ben Askren who was a UFC fighter. He was a wrestler.
“Tyron Woodley had the power to knock you out; sure, and he’s knocked people out before. But he’s a wrestler.
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Smith continued: “You’re not fighting boxers. And somewhere along the way, people gotta stop walking around, laughing and acting like it’s alright for you to be beating up on cats that don’t box, while you’re calling yourself a boxer.”
“That’s a joke,” Smith added. “It’s an insult. Here’s the deal – Canelo’s the best in the world. He’ll knock Jake Paul out in one round. He’ll take him out.
“But more importantly, Jake Paul hasn’t earned the right to be in the ring with somebody as serious, and as lethal, and as accomplished as Canelo.”
Paul has previously made comments about the boxer before, but saying that he “respected” him.
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During an interview for In Depth with Graham Bensinger, the young fighter said. “I respect him.
“I think we’ve had words back-and-forth and he says I need to work on my boxing ability, which I agree with of course, 100 per cent I do.”
“I’ve really come to like his personality actually,” Paul continued. “I think when he started doing more media, showing his life behind the scenes, he never really had done that before.
“I watched [Bensinger’s interview with Alvarez] and I realised he’s a good guy and maybe in a different lifetime we would probably be friends.
“However, I still want to fight him, I still think it would be a massive fight and I think my path is leading to that.”