Jake Paul goes Jake Paul, compares to Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali

that of Jake Paul legitimacy as a professional boxer is a frequently debated topic both online and in the real world, but one thing even his biggest enemies will find it hard to dispute is his level of trust. Paul isn’t afraid to talk about his accolades, especially when it comes to his boxing successes so far, and he’s also not shy about raising the importance of his victories every now and then. Paul has done just that and some recently brought himself to the same level as boxing legends like Mike Tyson and Mohamed Ali.

It’s hard to envision two boxing champions who came to mind faster than Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson when it comes to boxing. Perhaps that is why Jake Paul so easily referred to the names of Ali and Tyson when describing his previous boxing victory over former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley. (While seamlessly trolling fans who celebrated Woodley by scoring him in round 4.) During a recent press conference promoting his upcoming fight against Tommy Fury, (via Boxing247.com), Paul said:

It was my first real test that I passed. A UFC champion who dominated the UFC with his big right hand. He hit me with a blow in the fourth round which was nothing. I ate it very easily and kept moving. I found a way to win and passed my first test in my fourth pro fight. No one from Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson to Floyd Mayweather tested himself as much as I did in my fourth fight. I learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of and how I perform under pressure. I can’t wait to bring this experience to my next fight.

Jake Paul’s statement is bold and certainly questionable. While it is difficult to decipher the exact meaning of Paul – and there are many ways to read it with pronounced cynicism – it seems he is saying that in challenge a UFC champion, he faced a bigger obstacle than what boxing greats like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson have known at this point in their careers. And he almost certainly means “after four fights,” since Mike Tyson was 39-1 at 24, the same age Paul is now, and has been a champion for two of those previous years.

Many critics of Paul will quickly note that MMA and professional boxing are two entirely different combat sports, and that Woodley being a capable UFC champion does not make him a quality professional boxer. But even so, in some very specific settings, Jake Paul’s comments weren’t the craziest things he’s said this year.

Ultimately, the argument always comes down to the validity of Jake Paul’s status as a professional boxer. Paul is licensed as such, but to say that his victories so far have come from quality opponents (despite being professionally licensed) is overstating at best.

The same goes with his next opponent Tommy Fury, who is best known because his half-brother, Tyson Fury, is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. Fury owns a professional boxing record of 7-0 and faces the same challenge as Paul by proving the legitimacy of his fighting career to critics. This fight probably won’t convince many of Paul’s the next Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, or Floyd Mayweather, but it should be interesting to watch all the same.

Jake Paul will face Tommy Fury headlining the Fight Card on Saturday, December 18 at the Amalie Arena in an event that will be transported by Showtime pay-per-view. In the meantime, Paul will undoubtedly come up with more puzzling claims that might make one forget that this has already happened.