Jake Paul has responded to Oscar De La Hoya’s praise after the boxing legend backed him to challenge for a world title.
De La Hoya had taken to X in the aftermath of of Paul’s victory of Nate Diaz earlier in the month.
He posted, “Thank you Jake Paul for introducing young fans to the sport I love the most, you have a lot of s*** to work on in the ring but in time I believe you will challenge for a world title.”
The YouTuber is adamant he will become a world champion as is even targeting taking on Canelo.
On his podcast Paul responded to De La Hoya’s praise and revealed when he thinks he will be ready for a title fight.
“I saw one of the first ever tweets from a super respected boxer, Oscar De La Hoya, he is the first one to put on the narrative and agreeing with me that I will be fighting for a world title.”
“I think after he saw the performance of me going 10 rounds, throwing 500 punches in 10 rounds… which is more than Canelo averaged per round in his last fight, people are like ‘Oh my god’.
“People are like ‘Oh my god he went 10 rounds, what could he look like in three years?’ because 2026 is when I’m saying I’ll fight for a world title. I think this fight did something to make people finally realise that I wasn’t joking. Maybe people thought I was just saying for marketing and to create hype, but maybe now they realise that I’m being dead f*****g serious.”