Eddie Hearn insists Jake Paul is 'not the worst fighter I've ever seen' as he hits back at critics

  • Tom Ward

Eddie Hearn has defended Jake Paul‘s boxing career, insisting ‘he’s not the worst fighter I’ve ever seen’.

The outspoken YouTuber-turned-boxer and now promoter has taken the sport by storm since making his pro debut in January 2020 against fellow social media star AnEsonGib.

Paul, 25, followed that up with wins over ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, retired MMA fighter Ben Askren, also 37, and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, 40.

The two have since joined forces to promote Katie Taylor‘s victory over Amanda Serrano, the latter of whom is signed to Paul’s stable Most Valuable Promotions.

And while he doesn’t think he has it in him to win a world title, Hearn insists that Paul is more talented than people first thought.

Hearn told Men’s Health: “I like what he’s doing.

“Forget the talk about him becoming a world champion or beating Canelo Alvarez, but everyone has a right to become a professional fighter, there’s no barriers in that respect.

Eddie Hearn pictured with Jake Paul

“It just so happens that he has a huge profile that allows him to earn millions of dollars doing it.

“He’s not the worst fighter I’ve ever seen.”

“He’s not the worst fighter I’ve ever seen.

“He’s definitely not the best fighter I’ve ever seen, but he’s dedicating himself to the sport, he’s doing the hard spars, the hard training camps, and a lot of people are tuning in to watch him fight… so as a promoter or a fighter, no problem with Mr Paul.”

Hearn himself has become something of an online celebrity, thanks to the creation of ‘NoContextHearn’.

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The parody account has become hugely popular since its original conception in September 2019 and currently boasts over a combined 500,000 followers across all social media platforms.

However, Hearn admitted that it has taken some getting used to, although he added that it does have its perks.

He revealed: “The younger generation, like my kids when I go to school to pick them up, all the kids are talking about me, not for promoting boxing but because I’m on their TikTok explore page, all the time.

“It can be a little bit draining because I don’t mind talking boxing to people, but when I get into a situation where I’m on a train and someone sits down next to me and says ‘can you do that one where you’re in the car?’

“I just think ah [deflated], but I guess I’m in a business where views and profile is everything, so I have to embrace No Context Hearn.”

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