UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall has told Jake Paul's critics: He's pretty good at boxing.
The YouTuber has caused quite the stir in the boxing world since debuting in January 2020 – although he's yet to face a professional pugilist.
Paul, however, has registered KO and decision wins over former UFC welter and middleweight champions Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva – victories which have impressed Aspinall.
The Wigan warrior told Midnite: "I've got an unpopular opinion about Jake Paul, I think Jake Paul's pretty good.
"I think Jake Paul's been handling himself pretty well in the boxing stuff that he's got into."
Paul, 25, is seemingly edging closer to a long-awaited grudge match with fellow social media star Tommy Fury.
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Aspinall knows Fury well having been a regular sparring partner of his brother Tyson and believes the Paul match-up makes sense at this stage of his career.
He said: "I know Tommy personally, I've known Tommy since he was 14-years-old.
"I know that Tommy is from a fighting family. I know Tommy is a good fighter himself.
"And I think it's a great matchup for both guys and from what I can see it seems a pretty even matchup, which we like to see.
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"We don't like to see one guy versus a sh*t guy.
"We like to see young guys both hungry and undefeated fighting each other.
"That's where the excitement comes. What's going to happen?
"We don’t know. That’s what’s exciting in combat sports."
Paul has also flirted with the prospect of fights with MMA superstars Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, bouts Aspinall thinks he'd do well in.
He added: “Jake Paul and Nate Diaz or Conor McGregor are even fights, definitely. Both guys have got a lot of experience."
The Fury fight, however, is the one Aspinall is eager for The Problem Child to take next.
He said: "But I want to see Jake Paul against someone young, hungry and fresh rather than someone with lots of miles on clock like he’s been fighting, which is fair enough for where he is in his career.
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"But sooner or later you’ve got to tick the box of someone in a similar position to where he is.
"I want to see him and Tommy, that’s who I want."
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