Jake Paul adamant he can become a boxing WORLD CHAMPION in 2025 ahead of Mike Tyson showdown

Jake Paul backed Mike Tyson's decision to postpone the fight
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Jake Paul has set his sights on a shot at the cruiserweight world title by 2025.

The YouTuber turned boxer is due to share the ring with American MMA fighter Mike Perry in Florida on July 20, after his showdown with heavyweight boxing legend and former undisputed champion Mike Tyson had to be pushed back to November 15 after the latter had a medical scare during a flight to Los Angeles.

Paul, who is known as "The Problem Child" has only faced one professional boxer in his 10 contests in Tommy Fury - brother of two-time heayvweight world champion Tyson Fury - but strongly believes he is good enough to win world honours within the next year. In an interview with ESPN, he said: "I believe in 2025 I will most likely be a world champion. I think I'm ready for it in the next couple of months and I'm going to go for it in 2025."

To date, Paul has hopped between weights from 185lbs up to cruiserweight in his pro-boxing career spanning ten fights (9-1 record). However, for the Tyson clash, hell face-off in the heavyweight category. He had pumped his weight to 230lbs before the fight was deferred, although confesses that 200lbs is his natural turf. "Cruiserweight is what my body was made for. My punches aren't the same [at lower weight classes] I don't have that power or pop," Paul revealed.

As things stand, the current champs holding the four cruiserweight world titles are Chris Billiam-Smith (WBO), Gilberto Ramirez (WBA), Norair Mikaeljan (WBC), and Jai Opetaia (IBF). Paul is not currently ranked within the top 15 of any of the four major sanctioning bodies, so has a lot of work to do to even be considered for a world title shot.

Before his fight with Fury in February 2023, it was promised that the winner would be given a top 40 rating with the WBC. However, Paul lost the match to Fury via split decision, which saw Fury enter the WBC rankings at No. 39. Since then, Paul has secured a unanimous decision win over MMA legend Nate Diaz and two first-round knockout victories against boxing veterans Andre August and Ryan Bourland.