Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said he’d like to fight Youtube star and nascent professional boxer Jake Paul, after Paul called him out in the lead up to his bout with former MMA star Tyron Woodley late last month.
But Smith-Schuster said that his contract with the Steelers would prevent him from fighting and at any rate, he would need time to train as a boxer.
“Man, if I wasn’t in contact, I definitely wouldn’t taken the fight on him,” Smith-Schuster said in an appearance on the Jim Rome Show. “I think it would great. I think as far as fighting goes, I would have to train. I’m not a professional boxer. That’s something that I would have to train for. But I think it would be a really great fight.”
Paul, who is a Cleveland Browns fan, seemed to pick Smith-Schuster out of animosity based on his rooting interest, but Smith-Schuster said that he respects the video star-turned fighter.
“Jake Paul is a guy that is obviously doing great for himself,” Smith-Schuster “I have respect, because what’s he doing is unheard of. For him to be a Youtuber and what he’s doing now is insane. Good for him, but if I ever get the opportunity do that, outside of my football contract, for sure. Yes sir.”
Paul has a 4-0 record as a professional, though his bouts have come against former MMA stars Woodley and Ben Askren, ex-pro basketball player Nate Robinson and fellow Youtube star Ali Loui Al-Fakhri.