YouTuber Jake Paul caused major headlines on Saturday night as he knocked out former UFC fighter Ben Askren in the first round of the Triller Fight Club Pay-per-view event.
The fight lasted only one minute and 59 seconds before the referee waved off the fight with Askren having been struck to the canvas following a vicious right hand by Paul.
Now the questions will turn to who will be next for Paul, and as to whether he could defeat a professional boxer.
Practice makes perfect pic.twitter.com/MNM8KvyR4m
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 17, 2020
Tommy Fury, Dillon Danis, Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz are just a short list of fighters who have called out the YouTuber turned professional boxer.
Here we look at the potential match ups.
With a professional record of 5-0 including four knockouts, Tommy Fury has proven himself to be one to watch in boxing. Being the half-brother of world champion Tyson Fury, Tommy comes from a boxing-orientated family.
With a huge social media following earned from his time on the reality TV show “Love Island”, Tommy Fury has amassed a total of 3.3 million followers on his Instagram account. This fight makes the most sense for Jake Paul as he would test himself against a professional boxer with experience in the sport while the social media following of both fighters’ would lead to a lot of revenue should the fight be broadcast on pay-per-view.
The Bellator middleweight has had a long-lasting feud with Paul, ever since his brother Logan Paul was rumoured to be eyeing a wrestling match versus the grappler.
A confrontation occurred between the two in December, adding further fuel to the fire. Now Dillon Danis took to Twitter to call out Jake Paul stating “Let me save the MMA community”.
let me save the mma community
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) April 18, 2021
Danis trains with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, and defeating him may be a way for Paul to earn a shot at his teammate McGregor in one of the biggest PPV boxing events in history.
The former UFC welterweight champion cornered Ben Askren for his bout against Paul on Saturday night. In the aftermath, he took to Twitter to call out Paul.
Woodley is on a three-fight losing skid in MMA, and may see a switch to boxing as an opportunity to get back to winning ways with a victory over Paul.
UFC star Nate Diaz previously took the opportunity to call out Paul following his last win against Nate Robinson.
Diaz is well known for selling pay-per-views having faced Conor McGregor twice in his MMA career.
Paul took to Twitter to state his prediction as to how he would get on against the Stockton-based fighter.
Nate Diaz gets KO’d in 3🤐
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 18, 2021
Diaz is set to face Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262, meaning we may not see the The Ultimate Fighter winner potentially face Paul until the end of the year.