Jake Paul Responds to Rigging Accusations: “It sucks!”
Jake Paul continued his winning streak against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on Saturday. It was the biggest win of his career and significantly raised his clout as a professional boxer. Never without criticism, Paul was accused by some of rigging the competition after knocking Silva down with a short right hand in the final round.
“The Problem Child” responded to the backlash when he joined The MMA Hour:
“I think smart people with intelligence are giving me props and respect. Like the WBC President saying that anyone who says Jake is not a real boxer is just bitter and is a hater. People like Teddy Atlas showing me mad respect, a lot of fighters showing me mad respect, a lot of MMA guys texting me saying, ‘You look really sharp, that was the best you’ve fought,’ Ryan Garcia showing me respect. So the smart people who I care about are showing that love. There are the people who will always be there in my career who are discrediting it. Now, they’re saying it was rigged. It went from, ‘Jake’s going to get knocked out by Anderson,’ to, ‘Oh, that was rigged.’
This victory proved that the YouTube star has taken great strides as a boxer, something that has not come without much effort.
“I lose faith in my generation and my peers, and us as a society and a world when I see that type of stuff and that type of stupidity. It just sucks. It sucks because I worked so hard for this. I dedicate everything, sacrifice everything, every single day, bust my balls, have a 15-person team working around the clock to help me become the best boxer possible, and when I do something like beating Anderson Silva, they try to take it away from me. But I know deep down, and I guess that’s all that really matters.”
Paul reflects on his victory in one of the most anticipated bouts of the year in his conversation with Ariel Helwani.
“It’s still pretty crazy to me, beating one of the greatest combat strikers of all time. I’m just proud of myself. I’m proud I was able to execute everything we worked on in the gym. This is the first fight where everything was slowed down for me, and I was able to really, really handle the moment really well and execute the game plan perfectly. I felt really comfortable in there, and here we are. It’s unbelievable, it’s surreal. I can’t believe I actually pulled it off, but I’m very proud of myself.”
What’s next for Jake Paul?
Paul may want to continue his 6-0 professional winning streak with high-profile matchups in play such as Nate Diaz, Tommy Fury, or even Floyd Mayweather. However, he is not sure what’s next for him. His brother wants him to retire on this high note after far surpassing everyone’s expectations. Paul feels that he is just getting started.
“But I think this is just the start. I’m really starting to get good, and there’s a lot of people that I want to beat. I want to be a world champion. I originally was like, I’ll go 10-0 and then retire. But now I’m 6-0, and it feels like I’m just getting warmed up. So who knows what ends up happening.”
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