If you want to get some legitimacy in the game, fight somebody with a name!”
That’s former boxing superstar Antonio Tarver — who famously defeated Roy Jones Jr. TWICE — calling out Jake Paul for a sanctioned fight!
“I want to fight him, because I want to show him there are levels to this,” Tarver tells TMZ Sports.
FYI, Tarver is 52 years old and hasn’t fought in 5 years. Jake is 23 and coming off a highlight-reel knockout of Nate Robinson.
Antonio — who famously starred as Mason “The Line” Dixon in “Rocky Balboa” — says he was VERY impressed with Jake’s performance and thinks a fight with Paul would be super entertaining and a lot closer than most people think.
“When you look at Jake Paul’s ability, you would be crazy not to believe he’s much better than his 2-0 record indicates,” Tarver says.
Paul has been calling for fights with guys like Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis … but Tarver says if he’s serious about a career in boxing, he needs to fight a BOXER.
“Get in the game and make a move, make a serious move. I can baptize you to the top level.”
Jake Paul Unsure About Fighting Logan Paul, But Confident He’d Beat Bro’s Ass
Jake Paul admits he’s seriously wrestling with the idea of taking a boxing match against his older brother Logan Paul — but says he’s 100% certain he’d whoop that ass if they do!
“I sort of change my mind on it every day,” Jake said about fighting his brother … “One day I’ll do it, the next day I’m like ‘I don’t think I should do that.'”
Remember, Jake called out Logan — along with Conor McGregor and others — following his KO victory over Nate Robinson on Saturday … leading many to wonder, would he REALLY fight his own bro?
Now that he’s had time to think about it, Jake says it’s come down to this — “I would just do it to prove people wrong.”
Jake says he’s sick of hearing everyone praise Logan as the superior fighter — saying, “I’m like a 10-times better boxer.”
“I’ve had 2 fights and I’ve been in the ring for a total of 7 minutes and I’ve knocked down my opponents 6 times in that 7 minutes.”
Jake previously told us he’s dead serious about pursuing a boxing career — and wants to take on some bigger names.
Since then, athletes like ex-boxing champs Antonio Tarver and Evander Holyfield have called out Jake.
Bottom line … he doesn’t HAVE to fight Logan — he’s got options.
But, who wouldn’t watch a Paul vs. Paul throw down!?