Jake Paul has been ridiculed on social media after claiming to come from "absolutely nothing".
YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul made the comments while responding to a video of Mexican fighter Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
In the clip, undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo praises Paul says he would be open the possibility of fighting the American in two years if he has improved.
Paul has thanked Canelo for his comments and hit out at Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn, who recently called the American an "average fighter" who would never become a world champion.
"Much to respect to @canelo here. Because he's done the impossible & created his own lane and legacy he can recognise the optimism required to do something that has never been done before," Paul posted on Twitter.
"While this interviewer & @EddieHearn call it delusion, the greats call it self belief."
Paul then took a further shot at Hearn, the son of Matchroom Boxing founder Barry Hearn.
"Not everyone inherits their daddy's company like Eddie Hearn," added Paul.
(2/2) Not everyone inherits their daddy’s company like Eddie Hearn. Some of us have to believe in ourselves when we had absolutely nothing and foresee no possible way of overcoming our circumstances other than self belief.— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) May 5, 2022
"Some of us have to believe in ourselves when we had absolutely nothing and foresee no possible way of overcoming our circumstances other than self belief."
Paul's comments have raised a few eyebrows, given his upbringing in the leafy Cleveland suburb of Westlake in Ohio.
One Twitter user responded by posting a picture of Paul outside his huge childhood home, alongside the caption: "Facts. Not everyone comes from the hood like Jake Paul."
Paul has previously been accused of telling "lies" about his past after also claiming to "come from nothing" following his victory over Ben Askren in 2021.
Facts. Not everyone comes from the hood like Jake Paul pic.twitter.com/pr3SmtE6pC— 100 (@Menacee0) May 5, 2022
A YouTuber named Sir Yatch, who claims to have grown up 10 minutes down the street from Paul, mocked the boxer's suggestion that because he landscaped as a job when he was younger, it meant he had struggled.
"Dude, you landscaped and had rich a** parents. That's not the struggle. That's just what every high schooler that was privileged did," said Sir Yatch.
He then posted video footage of the massive houses in Paul's neighbourhood, adding: "These are the type of houses he was landscaping in the mean streets of Westlake, Ohio.
"All you have to worry about round here is how mean the chihuahuas are and how loud the moms are in their Range Rovers."
Paul extended his unbeaten professional boxing record to 5-0 with victory over Tyron Woodley in their rematch in December.
He has confirmed he will return to the ring on August 13, with Tommy Fury, Anderson Silva and Sonny Bill Williams touted as potential opponents.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram: Jake Paul & Eddie Hearn