Boxing News: On Jake Paul’s progress as a fighter, Anthony Taylor says: “His three-year growth is akin to someone else’s six-year growth”; the social media phenomenon takes on former UFC champion Tyron Woodley this weekend.
Anthony Taylor, Jake Paul’s sparring partner, has defended the social media star’s credentials as a legitimate fighter ahead of his comeback to the ring.
On Sunday, Paul will face Tyron Woodley, a former UFC champion, in his toughest fight yet, which might set up a confrontation with British contender Tommy Fury.
The YouTuber, who has knocked out each of his first three opponents, has boldly suggested that he may face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the future.
“Jake is no longer a YouTuber,” claimed Taylor, a close friend of Fury’s who will fight on the undercard. “He’s a professional boxer!
“Jake, according to some, does not take it seriously. Every day, I’m with him. His three-year growth is comparable to someone else’s six-year growth.
“Imagine boxing for three years and going to the gym two or three times a week for an hour each time. Jake has been going three times a day, six days a week, for the past three years.
“You will improve if you achieve mini-goals. And each time he fights, he gets better.
“He’s put in the time and practised.
“Jake has progressed to the level of a professional boxer.
“The people will not be able to refuse you if you keep working hard and winning.”
Taylor makes his boxing debut against Fury after competing in Bellator MMA. He has a connection to Paul’s opponent, Woodley, who is also making his ring debut after transitioning from MMA.
“My striking coach, Antonio McKee, is the same as Tyron’s,” Taylor explained. “I have a lot of Tyron’s styles, and I have a lot of Tyron’s styles.”
“We haven’t seen Tyron knocked out since 2012.” Tyron, on the other hand, I envision losing by a landslide.
“I see what you’re saying.”
“I can get in close with him, I can out-box him on the outside,” Taylor said of Fury’s preparations to fight Paul. He’s made just for me. Like a mummy, he is [slow].
“I’ve been boxing since I was 18, but it wasn’t until I was 26 that I discovered MMA. I don’t have any amateur experience, but I have sparred with a number of professional boxers.
“People automatically think of an MMA fighter. I’m a professional boxer and wrestler. I don’t spar amateurs when I train for a fight; instead, I go to pro boxing facilities and spar with larger men.”
Taylor had already been warned by Fury: “I don’t know anything about him, and I don’t want to learn anything about him. It makes no difference who he is. He’ll be electrified and knocked out.
“He can talk all he wants, but once he enters the ring, it’s all over.
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