Jake Paul issues two-word put-down of Francis Ngannou’s win over Ciryl Gane
YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul has been a vocal supporter of Ngannou’s in his feud with UFC management, but he wasn’t a fan of the heavyweight champion’s first title defence
Jake Paul was unimpressed by Francis Ngannou’s first title defence against the unbeaten Ciryl Gane.
Both Paul and Ngannou have been complimentary of one another over the last few months, with the Youtuber-turned-boxer a vocal supporter of the heavyweight champion in his feud with UFC management.
But the social media star did not enjoy his latest outing against unbeaten interim champion Ciryl Gane, declaring that the fight wasn’t entertaining in a social media post.
“Boring fight,” Paul told his four million followers in a tweet during the bout, which saw Ngannou win a decision for the first time in his career.
The Cameroonian is known for his knockout power, while Gane was believed to be the superior all-round fighter.
But Ngannou showed off his new-found grappling skills as he worked his way to a gritty five-round unanimous decision to retain his heavyweight title.
The hard-hitting champion wore sleeves on both his knees after suffering injuries in training, and was given the nod by scores of 49-46 and 48-47 twice.
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It now remains to be seen what will happen for Ngannou, who could leave the promotion as champion if he doesn’t fight until next year.
He is managed by CAA, who are a direct competitor to the UFC’s parent company Endeavor, and White has consistently said that he believes Ngannou has bad people around him.
But the champion has insisted that he has made countless efforts to discuss his situation with the promotion, saying it isn’t just a financial issue.
“I’ve gone to the UFC a lot,” Ngannou said in his post-fight press conference. “I’ve kind of exhausted all my options.
“At the end of the day, we put a lot of work into this job, we take a lot to our bodies to make it happen.
“The least we can have is a fair and square deal!”
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He was paid a guarantee of just $600,000 to fight Gane in front of a sold-out arena on pay-per-view; a fraction of his boxing counterparts like Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.
Fury is currently mandated to fight Dillian Whyte in his next WBC title defence, and in arranging the purse splits for the bout is said to have reported earnings approaching $20million for his two recent fights with Deontay Wilder.
Even Paul himself has earned considerably more for most of his professional career, despite only making his debut in 2020.
He made millions for his first white collar boxing match against fellow YouTuber Deji, and while his professional debut against AnEsonGib happened in a state where earnings aren’t disclosed, it is expected he made seven figures.
His guarantees have since worked up to as high as $2million, almost four times what Ngannou made to defend the heavyweight championship of the world.