Following one of the best wins of his blooming career against Anderson Silva, Jake Paul has called out one of the biggest names in fighting for his next bout.
Nate Diaz was in attendance, and was involved in a kerfuffle with members of Paul’s entourage in the hour before his fight with Silva.
Witnesses said punches and drinks were thrown, before Diaz was kicked out of the room.
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And Paul, who is now 6-0, wants to be the one to throw the punches in the ring.
“This is just the start baby. I want Nate Diaz, who’s a bitch. He tried to come into my locker room. He tried to cause some shit,” he said after defeating Silva by a unanimous decision.
“And then he always leaves the f—ing arena. So Nate Diaz, stop being a bitch and fight me.”
And if not Diaz?
“And Canelo (Alvarez), you too. You guys said ‘oh, you can’t beat a legend like Anderson Silva’, well I just did.”
Paul said fighting Silva was a moment more than a decade in the making.
Paul met Silva when he was just 13, and it left the Ohio native feeling inspired.
“He was my idol growing up. He inspired me to be great. He was the first celebrity I ever met.
“Without him, we wouldn’t have had a fight this year. He’s a tough mo-fo, for real a legend.”
Going into the fight with a 5-0 record, Paul was criticised for taking on Silva, who has only recently started boxing after a decorated career in MMA, and not someone with better boxing credentials. Silva is also 22 years his senior.
But none of that seemed to matter once they got in the ring. Neither fighter was able to really get the upper hand until Paul scored the only knockdown early in the eighth and final round.
Silva was able to get back up, but it was the key moment in the fight. The judges awarded the fight to Paul in a unanimous decision.
Paul said the fact the 47-year-old Silva took the fight was a measure of his character.
“I have nothing but respect for him. And this just goes to show that anyone watching at home, kids even if you’re 40 or 45 years old, chase your dreams. It’s never too late.
“I started boxing two and a half years ago as a pro and just beat one of the greatest ever because I’m obsessed with this.
“I go so hard every single day, nothing can get my way. No distractions. And if you’re watching at home doesn’t matter if you have talent. It doesn’t matter … you just got to work your arse off, and you can accomplish your dreams.
“I met this (man) when I was 13 years old. So if you’re 13 years old watching this, go f—ing get it and don’t don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something.
“They’re always going to find something to say … if I were walking on water, people would say that I can’t swim.
“There’s always going to be haters. There’s always going to be critics. And that just is … everyday part of life. If you’re doing something and being successful, don’t worry about that shit.”
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