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Jake Paul Turned Down Opportunity To Fight Yoel Romero

Ryan Sidle

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Jake Paul Turned Down Opportunity To Fight Yoel Romero

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Jake Paul is determined to make himself more relevant in boxing by constantly calling out Conor McGregor but he wouldn't have anything to do with a fight against another MMA star in Yoel Romero.

YouTuber Paul is 2-0 in professional boxing having beaten a fellow YouTuber and a basketball player in 2020 and now wants to add an MMA fighter to his list of his wins.

He had previously called out several stars of the combat sport, including the now retired Ben Askren, but has honed in on McGregor in recent days.

However, whilst Paul seems desperate to fight someone who is fighting at 45 lbs lighter than the American boxes, when he returns to UFC action in January, the YouTuber has dodged fighting someone closer to his weight.

According to Romero's manager, Malki Kawa, the 'opportunity' to fight Paul presented itself but the 23-year-old said no to fighting the man 20 years his senior.

It's no wonder Paul ducked the Cuban considering he's been one of the scariest fighters in MMA for the past 11 years and before that was a multiple time medalist as a wrestler, including a silver at the 2000 Olympics.

The 'Soldier of God' has fought at middleweight since 2013, which is up to 185 lbs, whilst Paul has so far boxed at boxing's 200lb cruiserweight.

Romero, who was recently cut by UFC with three fights left on his contract, has now signed for Bellator and is set to move up to the 205 lb light heavyweight division.

In that sense the match up is far more logical than facing McGregor, who will fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 and lightweight.

Romero is a bit of a step up from fighting Nate Robinson. Image: PA Images
Romero is a bit of a step up from fighting Nate Robinson. Image: PA Images

Paul has really gone on the offensive in the past couple of days to try and goad McGregor into accepting a boxing fight with him, in what would only be the Irishman's second professional fight in the sport.

The American took to social media with a giant cheque of $50,000,000 to claim it was 'proof' he had the funds to fight the former dual weight UFC champ.

Social media has obviously been his form of call outs and he posted another video of a 'drive by' water ballooning of McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis whilst the brother of Logan Paul also only follows one person on Instagram, McGregor's fiance.

Logan, who shares a 0-1 boxing record with McGregor, is set to take on the Irishman's previous opponent Floyd Mayweather next year, with even Eddie Hearns, who promoted Paul's loss to KSI, not taking that fight seriously.

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Logan Paul, Boxing News, UFC News, MMA News, Bellator, Boxing, Yoel Romero, Jake Paul, MMA, Floyd Mayweather

Ryan Sidle
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