In the aftermath of Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol, Jake Paul took to social media to voice his opinion.
On May 7, the Mexican superstar dared to be great against one of boxing’s most underrated champions. He challenged the WBA light heavyweight title-holder, and despite the casual fan not knowing too much about the Russian, experts knew exactly what Canelo was going up against.
Bivol possesses immense technical ability, a ramrod jab, supreme defensive skills and an incredible gas tank. But regardless, plenty of analysts still felt the four-divison king would find a way to get the job done.
After all, he’s just claimed every belt in the super middleweight division and currently sits atop the pound-for-pound list. But on the night, his opponent had far too much.
The underdog bossed the action throughout. He busted Canelo up with the jab and landed flashy combinations. As the rounds went on and the Mexican tired, Bivol began to build an uncatchable lead. He continued to dominate the contest until the final bell, after which he raised his arms in the air, knowing he’d done enough.
However, fans had to endure an agonising wait as they hoped the judges would do the right thing. Some believe that Canelo has lost two fights to Gennady Golvokin and a third to Erislandy Lara but somehow received the decision on each occasion. This left them panicked that Bivol would face the same fate.
But this didn’t happen. He retained his belt via scores of 115-113 on all three scorecards. Although these tallies made the fight out to be far closer than it was, Bivol just seemed happy to have had his hand raised.
But he’s not the only person taking in the moment, as boxing’s most polarising star has made his feelings known.
Jake Paul fires shots at Canelo
As Bivol closed out the final round, the YouTube star went straight to social media to rub salt into the Mexican’s wounds.
He said: “And just like that, Canelo Alvarez loses to Dmitry Bivol. An amazing fight by Bivol. I’m two inches bigger than Bivol. I’m 20 pounds heavier. Give me three years, and I take out Canelo in the same way. He’s [Canelo] on the ropes like he won. He only won three rounds out of the entire fight.”
The American then turned his attention to Eddie Hearn, who has worked closely with Canelo for several years.
Paul continued: “Eddie Hearn, f*** you. You can suck my d***. I’m coming, and I’m beating Canelo in three f****** years. I put that on my mama. Congrats, Dmitry Bivol.
“He has shown that Canelo is easily beatable by a bigger man, which is what I’ve known this entire time. Believe in yourself, kids, and don’t listen to these British scumbags like Eddie Hearn.”
His scowling comments towards the businessman likely come from a place of embarrassment. The previous week the pair promoted the biggest fight in women’s boxing between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano. However, the bulk of the attention on fight week went towards the promoters rather than the fighters.
They regularly participated in dual interviews and even joined esteemed journalist Ariel Helwani for a face-off. During this, Hearn told the 25-year-old that he’d never reach the pinnacle of the sport, and Paul clearly took offence.
Obviously, the social media icon doesn’t agree. But it’s futile to call out someone of Canelo’s calibre. He needs to beat an actual boxer first, and we’re sure Tommy Fury is up for the challenge.
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