Jake Paul backed to become WORLD CHAMPION for three reasons by ex-coach and boxing legend Shane Mosley | The Sun

BOXING legend Shane Mosley believes Jake Paul has what it takes to become a WORLD CHAMPION.

Mosley, who won titles in three divisions, was the first to ever train Paul as a professional.

He led the YouTuber-turned boxer to a one-round victory over YouTube rival AnEsonGib in January 2020.

But Paul is now trained by ex-cruiserweight contender BJ Flores and Danny Smith, since going 6-0.

He returns on Sunday in Saudi Arabia against Tommy Fury, with the victor earning a WBC cruiserweight world ranking.

And should Paul, 26, win and be rated in the top 15, it would pave the way for a shock title shot.


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And Mosley believes the American has the tools to take it all the way eventually, but suggested a move down to light-heavyweight.

He told FightHype: "It is a possibility, because he has the frame, he has the speed, he has the power.

"He might need to lose a little bit of weight, but he fights at cruiserweight so maybe he goes down to light-heavyweight.

"It is going to be hard for him at any of the weights, once you get to that level, then he has got to work with the right people.

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"But, like right now, it will probably take him, two, three, four years to even be in that section, that area.

"He is not there yet, but if he fights the right people, then maybe he can do it.”

Fury, 23, will be the first opponent of Paul's with a recognised boxing record.

That is despite wins over ex-MMA champions Ben Askren, 38, Tyron Woodley, 40, and Anderson Silva, 47.

UFC legend Silva even beat former middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 37, in 2021.

And Mosley named son-of-a-legend Chavez Jr as the perfect man to fight if Paul beats Fury.

He said: “Maybe he should fight Chavez Jr or something, or he fights this guy [Tommy Fury] and he wins, then fight Chavez Jr.

"Anderson Silva fought him already, maybe he should fight him and see what happens.

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"He has to step his way up, keep stepping his way up and the way he looks now, he can do it.

"The way he is training now, continue to train, continue to believe, yeah, why not?”

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