But while others have dismissed the YouTube star-turned-pro boxer, Ngannou warned those dismissing him that they better start paying close attention to what he’s doing.
“正直なところ, I was impressed by Jake Paul,” Ngannou told TMZスポーツ. “I didn’t see that coming. I was sure that Tyron Woodley was going to win this fight, ええと?”
Paul defeated former UFC champion Tyron Woodley twice – once via split decision and the other via knockout after Woodley was a last-minute replacement for Tommy Fury. Paul has not lost since stepping into the ring.
“But you’ve got to give it to Jake Paul. He made a statement, a huge statement and he proved his money is where his mouth is,” Ngannou added. “He’s taking himself very seriously. … You better take him seriously because he proved it.”
Paul sent a message to UFC president Dana White and called out other stars to get into the ring with him.
“I just knocked out a five-time UFC champion and embarrassed your whole company. Please let me get Kamaru Usman. Please let me get [Nate] ディアス. Please let me get [ホルヘ] Masvidal. Please let me get [コナー] マクレガー. Because I’m going to embarrass them too. I promise you that, ダナ. I promise you that,” 彼は言った.