When it comes to the recent boxing match between YouTuber Jake Paul and former UFC fighter Ben Askren, a lot of people have different opinions on what happened at the event.
It was more of a spectacle than a typical boxing event, whether you’re counting the competition or the general atmosphere. Regardless, people still tune in to see the fight. Paul would wind up defeating an out-of-shape Askren via TKO at just 1:59 in Round 1. It was an anticlimactic end to their feud that was brewing for months, but people are wondering who Paul will fight next.
According to BetOnline, Jake Paul is favored to have his next boxing match against English entrepreneur Joe Fournier at 2/1 odds. He was also on the same card when Paul fought Askren, defeating Colombian musician Reykon. After the fight, Fournier called Paul out, making it sound like this could be both men’s next fight.
While it may seem weird at first for Paul’s next fight to take place against an entrepreneur, Fournier has been boxing since 2015. Since then, he’s accumulated a 9-0 record, although his last bout was his first in five years. He was also in better shape than Askren, meaning the controversial YouTuber could have a bigger challenge on his hands.
Who Will Jake Paul Box Next?
Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, April 20
- Joe Fournier (2/1)
- Tommy Fury (5/2)
- Dillon Danis (4/1)
- Tyron Woodley (5/1)
- BJ Penn (12/1)
- Conor McGregor (12/1)
- Chris Leben (16/1)
- Matt Brown (20/1)
- Jimi Manuwa (25/1)
- Nate Diaz (25/1)
- Phil Baroni (25/1)
- Floyd Mayweather (33/1)
Is Tommy Fury Next?
At 5/2 odds, Tommy Fury is the next likeliest opponent after Fournier to fight Jake Paul. The fight has been tossed around before as Paul has mentioned he would like to fight Fury, half-brother of world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson. Fury said he’s ready to fight Paul, calling him out recently on his social media accounts.
“I’m here, I’m ready and I’m game to fight,” Fury said on Instagram. “This man obviously isn’t, and if he’s not game to fight, stop using my name. If you want to fight, come and get some.”
Fury would be a much different opponent for Jake Paul. The 21-year-old British boxer is 5-0 in his boxing career, having won his last four bouts via KO or TKO. Not to discredit Paul, but all of his professional fights have come against people who aren’t know for boxing or are past their prime. A fight with Fury could put his undefeated streak in danger.
Will Jake Paul Finally Fight Conor McGregor?
Ever since Jake Paul joined the combat sports world, he’s been mentioning a potential fight with UFC star Conor McGregor. The main reason why it hasn’t happened is because Paul is a recent YouTuber turned boxer and McGregor is one of the most well-known names in combat sports history. While BetOnline lists the chances of this fight happening at 12/1 odds, Paul has gone on record saying that it’ll happen with the next 24 months.
However, McGregor prides himself at competing at the highest level, which is why we may not see him fight Jake Paul until the latter defeats higher quality opponents.
“Am I into those competitions myself? You know it's not the most high-level – if any level – at that stage,” McGregor said in an interview with Bloomberg back in January. He went on to say that “if it makes dollars, it makes sense” and that he’s interested in being a viewer in these kinds of boxing bouts as long as they’re entertaining.