Badu Jack warned Jake Paul against fighting for world awards even if he gets the right to do so.
Paul will face Tommy Fury in a rescheduled match on Sunday in Saudi Arabia.
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The winner will receive a place in the WBC world heavyweight rankings – from 40th to 15th place, depending on the results.
Any of the top 15 fighters are eligible to claim the championship, which means if Paul wins in a convincing enough style, it will pave the way for a title shot.
And Jack, it turns out, is challenging champion Ilunga Makabu for the very belt that a boxer-turned-Youtuber would be judged for.
But the two-division king, aspiring to the title at his third weight, urged Paul not to aim for the top just yet.
“Come on, these are different levels. I think he will be in the top 50, but I don’t think he will be ranked to fight for the title,” said Jack. SunSport.
“It will take years and obviously he is not ready for it. WBC, they are smart business people.
“He’s going to make money, that’s all, but of course he can’t fight for the title right now.
“He hasn’t even fought him yet, but he would only fight one boxer. It takes time.”
Jack spent his training camp in Dubai, just 400 miles from Saudi Arabia.
So did Paul when the couple bumped into each other and even took ice-cold rejuvenation baths together.
“He seems to be training hard,” Jack said of Paul.
“It’s a painful affair so you have to train hard but now he’s finally fighting a real boxer so it looks like he’s ready for it.”
Fury, 26, is finally set to face Fury, 23, after his opponent pulled out of the fight twice due to injuries and visa issues.
This would be the first opponent he faced with a recognized boxing record.
And this despite victories over former MMA champions Ben Askren, 38, Tyron Woodley, 38, and Anderson Silva, 47.
Some boxing fans have set their sights on the famous boxing couple that led Jack and Macaba.
But Swedish legend claimed that it was still the main event for spectators.
“Come on, these are different levels. I think he will be in the top 50, but I don’t think he will be ranked to fight for the title,” he said.
“Anyway, I’m the real main event. People who understand boxing know this.
“But no, I’m not angry. I’m just excited about this opportunity and you can look at it like maybe we’ll get some new fans from their audience.
“This is a new era of boxing, the era of social media, and I am just grateful to Prince Khalid and Saudi Arabia for helping to organize this fight.
“Now I have to prove that I’m the best.”
Jack has participated in some of the biggest events in boxing history, including the undercards of Floyd Mayweather and Anthony Joshua.
This story first appeared in Sun and has been reprinted with permission.
Originally published as World boxing champion Badu Jack says Jake Paul can’t fight for title