Yoel Romero hopes to cross paths with Jake Paul.
The multiple-time UFC title challenger and current Bellator contender is ready to jump into the boxing world and fight YouTube star and undefeated boxer Jake Paul. Romero (14-6 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who returns to action this Friday at Bellator 285 against veteran Melvin Manhoef, thinks Paul needs a reality check.
“That same kid, Jake Paul, yes, yes, him,” Romero told MMA Junkie in Spanish when asked who he would like to box. “He needs to be humbled, he needs to be told that he’s a real athlete that he can’t beat. It doesn’t matter how hard he trains. He can’t beat one.
Paul is currently scheduled for his sixth professional boxing bout. He’s set to face 47-year-old former UFC champ Anderson Silva in an eight-round contest on Oct. 29 in Phoenix.
Paul is no stranger to taking on MMA greats in the boxing ring. He is coming off two straight wins over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and before that he knocked out former ONE and Bellator champion Ben Askren.
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Regardless of Paul, Romero hopes to compete in the sweet science before all is said and done.
Romero, a multiple world wrestling champion and Olympic silver medalist representing Cuba, comes from a family of boxers. His dad tried to get him down the boxing route, but he ended up choosing wrestling instead.
“I would love to box and fight in boxing,” Romero said. “I would like to make one or two fights in boxing. Seeing myself in a boxing ring would be a big dream for me.
“As I said in a previous interview, that would be hitting my dad with a hammer to the head. My whole family did boxing, and my dad would have loved it. But I am there and with the possibility of making it a reality, and that would be another of my objectives, to make boxing fights.
“My dad, my cousins, my brother, yeah. It is in fact the family with the most medals in boxing in Cuba.