Eddie Hearn praises Jake Paul but says he ‘comes across like a b***end’
Eddie Hearn has backed controversial YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul – stating that he goes out to wind people up and has been very successful at doing so.
The 24-year-old added to wins over YouTuber AnEsonGib and former basketball pro Nate Robinson by knocking out former UFC star Ben Askren this month as he continues to target Conor McGregor.
The 24-year-old has also been linked with bouts against Tommy Fury and UFC hero Daniel Cormier, with Dana White telling him to stop targeting his promotion.
Back in boxing, Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has given his thoughts on the younger Paul brother after promoting Logan’s professional debut defeat to KSI in 2019.
While answering questions on his Instagram, Hearn said: "Thoughts on Jake Paul? Listen, I promoted a Jake Paul fight, I think he's creating a lot of noise.
“I think the one thing I'll say about Jake Paul is, he comes across as an absolute b***end, but he's actually not. He's alright, I've always found him alright.
“But he's just on the wind up, basically. And everybody's biting."
Those comments came after Paul and Cormier went head-to-head during an ill-tempered UFC 261 meeting as the former UFC Heavyweight champ threatened to slap the young YouTube star.
An angry Cormier told Joe Rogan on air: "I swear to god, I just saw Jake Paul.
"I pointed at him, I said, ‘Don’t play with me.’ Because I’ll slap him in the face.
“I don’t play those games, Joe."
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Paul later told ESPN of his plans: "I want to be undefeated and want to beat good guys.
"I want Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, those are the guys I want to go up against."
On Cormier, he added: "I'm down 100 per cent. I just don't think he'll do it.
"He is retired, and he has no room to talk. I'll fight Daniel, that'll be massive and I think I would win."
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