Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has explained why he’d like to see Conor McGregor face Jake Paul in a boxing match.
This past weekend at Madison Square Garden, Eddie Hearn celebrated Katie Taylor’s famous victory over Amanda Serrano in their lightweight title showdown. Jake Paul, meanwhile, was forced to lick his wounds after Serrano came up just short in her attempt to take the belts away from the Irish sensation.
It’s been dubbed the greatest women’s boxing match of all time and based on how it all went down, it’s hard to disagree with such a statement.
The focus has now turned to what could be next for both women but during an appearance on The MMA Hour, Hearn was happy to talk about the interactions he had with Jake Paul in the lead-up to fight night.
It wasn’t always amicable with the pair attempting to build the anticipation for the fight but in the end, there was a level of respect shared between them that was clear for all to see.
So, when asked by Ariel Helwani about the idea of ‘The Problem Child’ boxing Conor McGregor, it won’t be all too surprising that he was pretty kind to Jake when offering up his thoughts.
“I still like Conor McGregor against Jake Paul, but I mean, Conor is looking big these days.
“I don’t want to disrespect Conor because I really like him, but it’s the size that’s the problem. You know? Jake can fight, he’s explosive, can punch a little bit. But a lot of people don’t know, Conor was a decent amateur fighter, he does have good boxing fundamentals, much better than most mixed martial artists.”
“Nakisa [Bidarian] mentioned it to me, he said, what about Taylor/Serrano and Conor McGregor against Jake Paul? Same night.”
“I’d like to see it. I just can’t see Conor and ultimately Dana, really, Dana is not gonna do a deal with Jake Paul.”
Will it happen?
Conor McGregor is expected to return to the UFC later this year and there’s no shortage of fighters ready to cash in on that payday.
In contrast, Paul has consistently said that he expects to be back in the squared circle in August as he attempts to keep his blossoming pro boxing career going.
So, in short, we shouldn’t expect to see them tussle anytime soon.