Eddie Hearn has revealed how much KSI would potentially earn from fighting Jake Paul, saying he believes the latter is on ‘another level’ to all of his other boxing peers hailing from the social media community.
The promoter appeared on the JaackMaate's Happy Hour podcast to chat to YouTuber JaackMaate and Stevie White about everything from the future of Anthony Joshua's career through to his thoughts on Tyson Fury.
But as well as discussing the biggest pro names, he also weighed in on the wave of celebrity fighters – including the Paul brothers and KSI.
While Logan Paul and KSI have previously battled it out, many fans want to see Jake take on his brother's former opponent to settle their ongoing beef once and for all.
I play chess, u play checkers. Ur opponent is repped by me & I know a lot more about ur biz than u would like. Ur not on my level in boxing or the boxing biz. Out of respect for my client, I’ll let u keep chirping away like a canary. You & Fury r both big mouths, w/ small sacks. https://t.co/9GGbRbHjec— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) June 29, 2022
When asked what might happen if Jake Paul were to ever take on KSI, Hearn said: “I think that’s a very easy fight for Jake Paul, at the level he’s been boxing at now, with what he’s been doing in the gym.
“You know, he’s been doing this for like two years – consistently training, sparring, proving, he’s made a lot of improvements.
“It’s a massive fight, but the problem is, when it comes down to ego and all that kind of stuff, the reality is it’s very unlikely that KSI would win that fight, so in your world – of that YouTube environment – how detrimental is it to KSI’s brand and career to lose to Jake Paul, versus the money that he would make in that fight?
“He's probably gonna make £10 million fight for that fight.”
Earlier in the conversation, Hearn said YouTubers-turned-boxers have shown promise on a number of occasions, but that ultimately they can’t compare to pro fighters.
“You have to be tough to get in there, but they’re not fighters,” he said.
He revealed that the only problem he had with social media stars in the ring was that they never seemed to want to hear his ‘honest opinion’, having shut down Paul’s claims that he would become ‘world champion'.
Hearn said: “You’re not. You’re average.
“Do you know how many average fighters there are? 95 percent of the boxing community in the world is average, because they’re not going to go on and win championships – nor are you.
“[…] People are blowing smoke up him the whole time in training."
But he admitted the younger Paul brother was certainly one to watch.
“Jake is different,” Hearn said.
“Jake can fight.
“KSI, Logan Paul, they’re not terrible, but Jake’s on – actually – another level to those guys, right?”
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