Jake Paul has listed six potential opponents for his next fight, one of which is a boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather.
“Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, Tommy Fury, Sonny Bill Williams out of Australia,” Paul told THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas about his next opponent. “There’s a lot of people on the hitlist and some other names that we’re talking to. Just trying to pick the biggest opponent.
“Everyone I’ve fought I’ve carried the promotion, nobody has matched my star power so I’m looking for someone who can match my star power – we might fight in Australia, America or the UAE. Oscar, if you’re watching this man get off the couch and start training because we can make this happen.”
The 25-year-old was last in the ring when he beat Tyron Woodley in December via a knockout. He then suffered the frustration of Fury pulling out against him due to injury, so he has been training for his next opponent without knowing who it will be against.
Sonny Bill responds
Sonny Bill Williams has responded to YouTuber Jake Paul’s “hit list” call out, saying he will hand the social media sensation his “first loss”.
Williams, a dual-code international in rugby league and rugby union, is now trying his hand at boxing, moving to 9-0 after a first-round demolition of AFL great Barry Hall last month.
The news comes after Williams’ highly regarded trainer, former WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee, floated the possibility of the ex-All Black fighting for a world title in the coming years.
“The blueprint is there. He’s a different person altogether, but you’ve seen with Jake Paul, because of his profile, and Sonny’s is just as big – that will generate interest, and interest will generate revenue,” Lee said.
“With revenue, real fighters will want to fight Sonny. They will see how good he is, and they will want to test themselves against him, knowing they will get well paid for it.”
However, it would be a crazy weight rise for Paul after he defeated the 86kg Woodley, in his last fight, while Williams weighed in at 109.1 kilograms before entering the ring against Hall.
Williams was a superstar in rugby league before going to France to play rugby, making the All Blacks and being part of two World Cup-winning sides.
He also represented New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics in Rugby Sevens before ending his football career back in the NRL with the Roosters.