YouTube star-turned boxer Jake Paul has a big fight coming up against former MMA champion Tyron Woodley on Aug. 29, but he’s already looking forward to a future bout, and his football fandom might help him pick a target.
Paul, who was a 3-0 record as a professional boxer, has fought fellow YouTuber Ali Al-Fakhri, former NBA guard Nate Robinson and former MMA star Ben Askren.
On Friday, as part of the promotional buildup to their bout, Paul and Woodley were asked which football player they would want to fight.
Paul said he’d like to fight Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
“I’d probably fight JuJu Smith-Schuster,” Paul said, adding “Go Browns!” and giving a thumbs down to the Steelers. The Steelers wide receiver has about a 15-pound edge on Paul, but has never expressed any public interest in competing in combat sports.
“If you could fight any football player, who would it be?”@JakePaul: “Juju Smith-Schuster.”
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 27, 2021
Paul is a Cleveland native and grew up in the suburb of Westlake, Ohio and grew up a Browns fans, though he also recently called out Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.
Exactly 24 years ago she birthed me and today I surprised her w a jet to the Browns playoff game. Growing up in Cleveland the Browns never made the playoffs so this is a huge day for us and every Browns fan. More life. More blessings. More knockouts. 2021 you’re mine. pic.twitter.com/tiWEX2PoWV
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 17, 2021
Paul, 24, has primarily worked as a YouTuber and actor before taking up boxing along with his brother Logan Paul in 2018. The legitimacy of his boxing results, particularly his TKO victory over Askren, has been brought into question by those in the industry.
Woodley said he’d like to fight former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.