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Jake Paul’s comparison with Canelo Alvarez has major Disney-shaped flaw

Paul enraged boxing fans when he compared his early career to that of Alvarez and Gervonta Davis yesterday, with some pointing out a massive flaw in his rationale

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Jake Paul took to social media to compare his upcoming fight with Tommy Fury to the early bouts of top boxing stars Canelo Alvarez and Gervonta Davis.

The YouTuber made a seemingly salient point by comparing the 7-0 Fury, who comes from a long line of great boxers including his brother and world heavyweight champion Tyson, to Alvarez and Davis’ opponents from a similar stage in their career.

Paul joked that Fury “wouldn’t cut it”, sarcastically implying that he would be better off fighting an opponent of lesser stock.

“7-0 Fury doesn’t cut it for my 5th fight,” Paul said in a tweet. “I’m fighting either Hector Lopez or Javier Martinez next!! Hector was ‘Tank’s’ [Davis’ nickname] 8th opponent, came in 0-0 and retired 0-1. Hector was an MMAer who was 2-0

“Javier was Canelo’s 10th opponent, entered the fight 0-0 and retired at 0-1.”

But fans have made the point that when Alvarez fought Martinez, the Mexican was just 16 years old despite entering the ring for the tenth time as a professional.

He was hardly going to be facing a world-beater at such a tender age.



Jake Paul was a Disney actor during Canelo Alvarez’s early career
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When Jake Paul was 16, he had never laced up a pair of boxing gloves, and was just beginning his career on social media platform Vine in Ohio, a word away from the ring.

He would go on to star in the Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark after he turned 18, at which point Alvarez had won a number of lower level boxing titles, and made his US debut.

Alvarez defended his NABF welterweight title and won the WBC Youth world title during 2009, when he was the same age that Paul was pulling pranks with Olivia Rodrigo on the Disney channel.

It’s a stark contrast, and not quite the same as Paul’s initial comparison, having not started even training boxing until he was 21.

By the time Alvarez was 21, he had won his first world title at super welterweight, beating Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC title on March 3 of 2011 in his 36th professional bout.

Paul clearly took a different route into boxing, although his argument does seem to hold some weight, with many boxers taking wildly easy fights long after their debuts.

And the case of Gervonta Davis seems much more egregious than that of Alvarez when it comes to making the argument Paul seems to be making.

Do you agree with Jake Paul on the early careers of Canelo Alvarez and Gervonta Davis? Let us know in the comments section!

Davis was only 18 when he opened his career against 0-4 Desi Williams, who had been stopped in those four defeats, after a successful amateur career that included a number of big fights.

He was 19 when he fought the debuting Lopez, who had gone the distance in an MMA fight less than two weeks prior.

But his boxing pedigree was much more established than Alvarez’ relative to their ages, and he brutally stopped Lopez in round one.

Lopez would only go on to fight twice more in MMA, and never stepped into a boxing ring again.

Paul’s Disney Channel and YouTube exploits of course were much easier on the body than Davis and Alvarez’ outings in the ring.

But he also competed at a relatively decent level in high school football and wrestling, and was training to enter the US Navy Seals after he finished up his studies prior to becoming famous online.







And he has been on something of a fast-track in the boxing world, both in terms of level of opponent due to his late start, having only been made aware of white collar boxing after his 21st birthday.

He has faced two YouTube stars and a basketball player during his run thus far, but Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley were legitimate competitors in combat sport prior to their boxing debuts.

While Askren’s striking left a lot to be desired in his prime, he was still able to win world titles in MMA and Woodley was a feared striker during his best days.

And in the gym, Paul has shared the ring with a number of solid professionals, including Hasim Rahman Jr, Robin Safar, Ahmed Elbiali and MMA fighters with UFC credentials like Mike Perry and Anthony Taylor.

The chances of Paul coming close to Alvarez’s achievements are remote – but it won’t stop him trotting out the comparisons.


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