Australian boxing sensation Jai Opetaia is established to struggle IBF and Ring cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis in the coming months in a massive earth title bout on house soil.
But Briedis, a three-time globe winner with a 28-1 document, has his coronary heart established on a wholly unique bout: versus social media character turned boxer Jake Paul. And 36-12 months-previous Briedis has even gone so far as to get a tattoo to attempt and encourage Paul to guide the fight.
Paul moved to 5- (4KOs) as a professional boxer in the cruiserweight division with a amazing knockout of previous UFC champion Tyron Woodley in their December rematch.
The controversial and brash Paul has rapidly turn out to be one of the hottest names in boxing, a prize fighter with an remarkable capacity to sector his fights. He is presently waging war with UFC boss Dana White as he tries to ebook a bout with a amount of leading UFC fighters, such as Conor McGregor.
In get to get the consideration of the YouTuber-turned-boxer, Briedis posted a video to Instagram of himself getting a tattoo which reads: “Jake’s undesirable karma”.
His spectacular ploy remaining the boxing environment stunned. WBO cruiserweight environment winner Lawrence Okolie himself tweeted: “There is no way that a real tattoo,” before doubling down later on: “Can’t be a actual tattoo … absolutely?”
As nonetheless, Paul has not responded to the go, nor to an provide from Briedis’ promoter Kalle Sauerland in March around a combat for the Latvian’s entire world title belts.
“Hey @jakepaul – happy to organize you having a shot at Mairis Briedis belts, only problem if you drop you have to leave boxing … deal?”
Briedis isn’t the only human being to get a tattoo in an attempt to reserve a date in the ring with 24-12 months-previous Paul. Woodley famously received an “I really like Jake Paul” tattoo on his middle finger to safe a rematch – only to get rid of the second meeting by way of knockout.
For now, Opetaia (21-, 17 KOs) is the necessary challenger for Briedis’ IBF crown, with a bout mandated right before mid-April.
Need to he acquire, he would not just turn into a earth champion – he could possibly just cease his Latvian opponent from a major-dollars bout with Paul.