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UFC Champion Kamaru Usman ponders boxing match against Jake Paul

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes he will consider a boxing match against YouTube star Jake Paul.

Usman (19-1) is less than two weeks removed from his fourth title defense at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida, where he knocked out Jorge Masvidal with a monstrous right hand in the second round. Usman was voted ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world the following week.

Usman said: “He’s starting to think he’s a fighter, and that’s the state we’re in. YouTube fighters picking fights with actual fighters. It’s a no-lose situation for them because if they go in and get beat up, they still make a lot of money. That kid is dangerously close to taking me to that violent place.

“He has no business mentioning my name in his mouth. And now he’s putting pictures of me and my family out, so it’s starting to slowly shift to that place where it could be a problem.

Paul wants the fight, calling out Usman on social media earlier last month:

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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