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Jake Paul Insists Fight With Conor McGregor Will Happen

Take it for what it’s worth, but Jake Paul says a fight with UFC champion Conor McGregor will happen. Paul is fresh off a knockout victory over former NBA player Nate Robinson and is already aiming high for a future fight. Paul wants to get in the ring with McGregor and has already said it will be taking place.

Jake Paul made quick work of Nate Robinson

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It didn’t resemble a boxing match, but YouTuber Jake Paul did what he had to do. Fighting on the undercard of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight Saturday night, Paul made quick work of Nate Robinson. Robinson, a 5-foot-9 NBA veteran of 11 years, was knocked out in the second round by the 6-foot-1 Paul.

Paul had knocked down Robinson earlier in the bout. He delivered the knockout punch midway through the second round. Robinson struggled mightily and became an instant meme on social media as soon as his head hit the canvas.

Paul’s knockout of Robinson created a ton of social-media talk, many ripping Robinson for his performance. Robinson, who came into the fight saying he “wanted all the smoke,” instead took a lot of heat. Current and former NBA players made their way onto social media to voice their opinion. “Ohhhhh the memes coming Nate Robinsons way for god knows how long…,” Tweeted Kevin Huerter of the Atlanta Hawks. Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers simply tweeted, “NIGHT NIGHT.”

Jake Paul has been shoring up his boxing skills

Jake Paul was a multi-sport athlete during his high school days. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Paul said he’s fallen in love with boxing over the last three years. He’s also been putting in the work. Prior to knocking out Nate Robinson on Saturday, Paul said he’s always had a dream of getting into the boxing ring with UFC champion Conor McGregor.

Paul said there have always been whispers of the two fighting, but he admitted he needs more experience in the ring. He certainly got noticed after Saturday’s fight with Robinson. He said the two would be a perfect match since they would draw tons of pay-per-view excitement.

“I have to get more fights under my belt and prove myself,” Paul told The Daily Beast prior to Saturday’s fight. “The beauty of this is that, in two fights, I’m already one of the biggest pay-per-view sellers for boxing, and Conor McGregor is also on that list, so if it eventually makes sense for us to come together and do a fight, it’s going to sell massive amounts of pay-per-view.”

Paul now says the McGregor fight will happen

 After sending Nate Robinson to the canvas Saturday night, Jake Paul’s focus immediately turned to Conor McGregor. He’s always wanted to meet him in the ring and said it will happen, it’s just a matter of when. In an interview with TMZ Sports, Paul said not only will the fight happen, but Paul will win.

He said his “team” is talking with McGregor’s, but that’s all he would say. Paul said the two would draw big interest. “No other fighter with this big a platform is calling out McGregor,” Paul told TMZ Sports. “My dogs have more followers than the guy he’s fighting in January on Instagram.”

Paul said he wouldn’t be entering the ring as a publicity stunt. He’d be going in to win. “The Jake Paul versus Conor McGregor fight is going to happen and it’s just a matter of when and it’s gonna be legendary and I’m going to win, too,” Paul said. “That’s what I want people to really understand … I’m gonna dedicate my life to winning that fight because I’m not going in there just to f—ing say I did it. I’m going in there to f—ing f— Conor McGregor up.”