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It looks like Justin Bieber has some decent skills in the boxing ring.
The pop star has reportedly been having 'secret boxing lessons' to prepare for a role in a biopic about Ukrainian fighter Dmitriy Salita.
The screenwriter for the film, Gregory Allen Howard, is apparently extremely impressed by the musician's boxing skillset.
Howard told Vegas Insider: “From what I've seen of Justin Bieber, he has the talent and the boxing skill to crossover from an entertainment background into boxing - he has the ability to become the next Jake Paul.
“I saw Justin spar and he's got skills. I'm not telling you he's ready to be the middleweight champion of the world but he’s not bad.
“The hard thing in a boxing movie is to move like a boxer. Justin Bieber apparently was taking some lessons, he was really quite credible.
“There's a little clip of him on YouTube or something. He's very credible as a boxer. “
YouTube sensation Jake Paul has already made the transition into the world of boxing, and attracted a lot of attention to the boxing scene because of it.
Paul has won all five of his bouts including two against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
We’d hazard a guess that the controversial star would be more than down to face off against Bieber down the line - considering he’s already called out everybody for a fight.
It's no secret that Bieber is a combat sports die-hard either.
The pop star has been seen at countless boxing and mixed martial arts events in the past and has solid relationships with some big-name figures from both sports.
He stepped between the ropes for the music video for ‘Anyone’, which that saw him train diligently in the clip. However, that’s as far as his actual in-ring experience goes.
That said, he has trained with Floyd Mayweather in the past, doing a little light pads session at the boxing legend's gym in Las Vegas.
The biopic of Dmitriy Salita could potentially see Bieber play the Ukrainian fighter, with Howard targeting Morgan Freeman or Denzel Curry for supporting roles, according to Vegas Insider.
It follows Salita’s escape from war before moving to New York to be trained by Jimmy O’Pharrow, who teaches him about boxing and life.
Featured Image Credit: Justin Bieber/UMG/YouTube. PA Images / Alamy.
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