Vitor Belfort says he wants the biggest fights possible after he picked up a first-round knockout win over Evander Holyfield on Saturday night.
Belfort (2-0, 2 KOs) had been earmarked to face Oscar De La Hoya on September 11 but that fight never occurred so the 'Golden Boy' of boxing could recover from a bout of coronavirus.
Instead, Holyfield was brought in as a last-minute replacement to face 'The Phenom'.
It didn't take Belfort long to make a big impact, dropping Holyfield twice in the opening first round. That proved to be too much for 'The Real Deal', who was pulled out halfway through the first round to hand Belfort the win.
“Jake Paul is the No. 1 target," Belfort told a press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Saturday.
"He’s got to meet his daddy. It’s time for him to understand you’re not judged by how many fights you have, it’s who you fight.
"Now he wants a real fighter? He’s got it. We got the money.
"He deserves it because he’s choosing his opponent. He’s working with a guy I used to work with, Lorenzo. He’s picking his fight.
"Now, he cannot say no to me. He’s got to say yes. We’ve got to teach him a lesson.
“If he says no, all his little fans, I’m going to create a YouTube channel and they’re going to follow me.
"Yeah, they have to follow me. We’re going to entertain all his fans, because he doesn’t have morals.
"He doesn’t have family values. He doesn’t represent the fighters.
“Someone has to give him a whip – that’s me. I’m his father. I’m going to put him on my lap. He’s going to meet daddy, big daddy. You watch. I promise you. He’ll say, ‘Big Daddy.’”
During the conference Belfort also once again talked up the possibility of a potential crossover fight with Mexican Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs), the unified super-middleweight champion, but only on one condition.
“Canelo, I want $40 million,” he added. “It’s on the table. How do you say no to $40 million?”
Belfort, who was competing for the first time since he was knocked out by Lyoto Machida back at UFC 224 in May 2018, also spoke openly of his desire to create a veterans' league in MMA, which is no doubt heavily inspired by the success of Mike Tyson's hugely popular 'Legends Only' league.
“My dream is to mix a little bit of rules where we can grab,” he continued.
“I’m looking forward us MMA fighters to really fight boxers in a fair way that brings an advantage for us, as well, because the clinch, where we do the boxing in MMA, is different.
"Hopefully you can grab the neck, grab the face. I’m not talking about spinning punches, because boxers cannot handle that very much.
"But I want to bring some legendary fights. The fans would be huge. I think Triller can shift the industry. Until that happens, I will box boxers.”News Now - Sport News