Andre Ward, as soon as thought-about the best fighter on the planet, is alleged to have known as for an exhibition bout with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
The previous two-weight world champion was initially the super-middleweight title holder, earlier than transferring as much as light-heavyweight the place he reigned earlier than retiring unbeaten in 2017. And 5 years after hanging up his gloves, Ward says that he could possibly be tempted again into the ring for a big-money exhibition with Paul.
Standing at an excellent six-foot, Ward might show an identical dimension to the YouTuber, and can be far and away the very best fighter he has ever been within the ring with, even in mild spars. Paul trains with the likes of former world title challengers J’Leon Love and BJ Flores, and has even moved round with Jean Pascal, who can also be a former light-heavyweight champion.
However Ward is taken into account one of many best of all time, and would seemingly be a monstrous take a look at for Paul. Final weekend, he was inducted into the boxing hall-of-fame alongside Floyd Mayweather in a star-studded triple-header class to make up for 2 years of cancelled ceremonies.
And Mayweather claims that Ward expressed an curiosity in going through the youthful Paul brother after seeing him tackle the elder sibling; Logan, final summer season.
“I spoke to Andre Ward, in the event you guys noticed us speaking on stage on the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame,” Mayweather stated as we speak on the announcement of his subsequent exhibition. “Andre Ward was speaking to me and he stated he needed to do, or he did not thoughts doing an exhibition towards Jake Paul.”
Regardless of his brother Logan competing in a profitable exhibition bout with Mayweather final summer season, that reportedly drew in over 1million buys on pay-per-view, Jake Paul has indicated that he would quite keep preventing in sanctioned occasions. He makes his ring return towards an as-yet-unnamed opponent on August 6 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
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Paul is 5-0 as knowledgeable boxer, and has stopped the 4 opponents he has confronted thus far. Nevertheless, he has are available in for criticism over preventing non-boxers, having competed with a YouTuber, a basketball star and two MMA world champions.
Ward, however, has a 32-0 skilled file that features ten world title fights and wins over the likes of Carl Froch and Sergey Kovalev. He additionally had over 115 fights on the newbie stage earlier than turning skilled, whereas Paul had only one white collar boxing match.
Paul is at present stated to be preventing Tommy Fury in his subsequent struggle, though he has denied the declare with an oblique shot at rival promoter Eddie Hearn. After the Brit leaked plans for Paul to struggle Fury, he tweeted that something Hearn says is “garbage”, and has stored his opponent near his chest.