Who Will Jake Paul Fight Next? A Look at 5 Potential Fights After Askren KO
Last night’s Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight didn’t last long, with Paul knocking Askren out via an overhand right with 1:20 left in the opening round. The fight left a lot to be desired. Askren appeared to be in bad physical shape, has never been known for his striking and was seen leaving the ring with huge smile on his face, leaving lots of viewers questioning if the former MMA champion took a dive for a quick pay day.
Still, there is no denying that the Paul fight got people talking. It was trending on twitter with every single person either rooting passionately against him or hoping he continues his winning ways. Naturally, it didn’t take long for people to start talking about Jake Paul’s next fight. He even posed the question on Twitter.
So, let’s take a look at some of the potential opponents for Jake Paul’s next fight, ranging from the boxing world to more mixed martial artists.
Jake Paul’s Next Fight: Five Potential Opponents
In my opinion, this is the one that has the least chance of happening. For Paul, it makes all the sense in the world. He’s the only person on this list with an even bigger following than Paul. McGregor is the biggest name in combat sports and would be a massive draw.
But, for McGregor, the question is why? No matter who Conor fights it will be a massive spectacle and hug pay day. Last time he stepped into the boxing ring it was to fight Floyd Mayweather, one of the best boxers ever. His next trip into the ring is going to be to fight a YouTuber with three professional fights? I just don’t see any “win” here for McGregor.
Now we’re talking. For those that don’t know, Tommy Fury is extremely popular in the UK and known mainly for his appearance on the show “Love Island”. Oh, and he happens to be the younger brother of the heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury.
Tommy Fury is a boxer in his own right with a 5-0 record that has featured four KOs. But, a lot of people call into question the talent of his opponents, similar to the criticism Paul faces. These are two guys with huge social followings AND we already know Fury is willing to take the fight:
Danis is Conor McGregor’s friend, sparring partner and no stranger to the Jake Paul drama. As Paul was busy trying to get the attention of McGregor prior to his fight with Askren being announced, Danis took it upon himself to do some talking of his own, which led to heated exchanges.
Danis is a professional mixed martial artist but only has two professional fights under his belt. I’m not sure this one makes much sense from Paul’s perspective. He’s a much bigger name and Danis doesn’t necessarily do that much to help solidify his reputation. BUT, it does get him potentially closer to a McGregor fight, so it may be the way he decides to go.
I didn’t know BJ Penn followed the social media star boxing circuit but apparently he does and he’s ready to take a swing at Paul. It didn’t take long after Askren hit the canvas for Penn to send out a tweet asking for a chance to fight Jake Paul.
If I was Paul, I’d stay far away from this one. Penn isn’t like Ben Askren, who won his belts by strictly grappling. Penn is a former two-time UFC champion, one of the best lightweights to ever step in the octagon and can absolutely throw hands.
Penn’s UFC career has been a mess lately. He’s lost seven fights and looks like a shadow of his former self. Still, at 42-years old, Penn would be the best striker Paul has ever stepped in the right against, by a long shot.
This is the fighter with perhaps the least amount of name recognition on the list. But, he’s another one that I would steer very clear of if I was Jake Paul. This one came to light when Manuwa responded to Paul’s tweet asking who he should fight next, and former UFC champion Daniel Cormier chimed in begging for Manuwa to do it.
Manuwa is a punishing striker. He has 17 MMA wins in his career and 15 have come via KO. He’s beaten guys like Jan Blachowicz, Corey Anderson and Ovince Saint Preux. At 41-years old, he’s definitely past his prime. But, Manuwa would do terrible things to Jake Paul in a boxing match. Manuwa isn’t a big name and doesn’t have a massive following, so do yourself a favor and don’t entertain this one, Jake.