Just one week after YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul won his third straight boxing match, it’s already looking like he may have found his next opponent.
Paul defeated former UFC fighter Ben Askren via TKO just 1:59 into the first round of their fight on April 17. Several spectators and fans voiced their displeasure, with some saying that the entire event was a mockery of the sport of boxing. Nevertheless, these sort of events sell well because a lot of people want to see how bad it will get. In fact, it’s been reported by numerous outlets that the Paul/Askren fight surpassed 1.4 million pay-per-view buys.
And as long as people keep buying them, they’ll keep getting put on pay-per-view.
With that being said, it’s possible that Paul’s next boxing opponent could be former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. The two exchanged some heated words during UFC 261 over the weekend. The YouTuber has called out Cormier in the best in interviews and on social media, so it was only a matter of time before there was an in-person confrontation. According to Paul, Cormier approached him and started talking trash first, leading to him firing back.
Nevertheless, with all the haters he has, it’s not surprising to know that some people would like to see Paul fight Cormier in some fashion. BetOnline has released odds on a. potential boxing bout between the two of them, favoring Cormier to win at -500 odds.
Potential Boxing Odds: Jake Paul vs. Daniel Cormier
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, April 26
- Jake Paul (+350) vs. Daniel Cormier (-500)
Cormier Would Be Paul’s Toughest Opponent Yet
Without a shadow of a doubt, Jake Paul has yet to fight someone of Daniel Cormier’s caliber. Askren was a step in the right direction until he showed up to their boxing match looking out of shape. Before that, Paul defeated another YouTuber and former NBA player Nate Robinson.
Meanwhile, it’s clear that Cormier would love to get his hands on Paul. If given the chance, things could get interesting.
While he may not have the boxing training, Cormier has had his fair share of fights. The 42-year-old has a 22-3-1 MMA record and was the first fighter in UFC history to successfully defend championships in two different weight classes. He’s also won 10 fights via KO/TKO, meaning it’s not unlikely that he could do the same to Paul.
Is Cormier older and past his prime? Yes, but that doesn’t mean he can’t beat Paul. He’s the -500 favorite in this potential boxing match for a reason. If he’s even able to translate a sliver of his MMA talent into a boxing ring, it could be lights out for the YouTuber.
Boxing Odds: Can Paul Defeat Cormier?
While Paul is the +350 underdog in this potential bout and he doesn’t have the combat sports accolades that Cormier has, it’s not impossible for him to win. Anything can happen in these sort of things.
It’s a different sport, but Cormier has lost his last two UFC fights and hasn’t fought since August 2020. Both losses came to former two-time heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, who arguably has more talent than Paul. Still, losses can play a mental game on an athlete, leaving them to doubt themselves. Obviously, there’s no way to tell how Cormier is feeling, but Paul is good at getting under people’s skin.
With that being said, looking for him to play more mind games leading up to a potential boxing match between the two.