JAKE PAUL moves down in weight to begin a path into the light-heavyweight division and future superfights.
The award-turned YouTuber has struggled around £190 in his 5-0 career so far.
But his rematch against Anderson Silva on Oct. 29 in Arizona will have a catch weight of 187 pounds.
Paul has plans to move to the 175-pound light heavyweight division, where he previously revealed lofty plans to win a world title.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor, 34, and Nate Diaz, 37, have both fought at 170 pounds in their UFC careers.
Paul, 25, told Showtime: “I’m just starting to lose weight in my boxing career.
“I’ll probably end up at light heavyweight, at 175. And that’s where I should be.
“I hadn’t really reduced much weight for my other fights, so I’m just getting down to a lighter weight that will make me feel best.
“And to compete against other competitions in this weight class. As soon as I said I was going to 185, Tommy Fury said, ‘Oh, I’m going to fight you now’.
“I think he was afraid to compete against me with a little more weight, so I will be able to reach a different level of competition.
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“Nate Diaz is in a lower weight class, Conor McGregor is in a lower weight class. So it only makes sense that I come down.”
Paul beat online rival AnEsonGib, 26, and ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 38, in his first two pro fights of 2020.
And a year later, he defeated ex-UFC couple Ben Askren, 38, and Tyron Woodley, 40, knocking out the former UFC champion in their rematch.
But after the failures of Tommy Fury, 23, and Hasim Rahman Jr., 31, he was still left without a recognized boxer.
UFC icon Silva, 47, is about to change that after racking up four wins and just one loss in the ring.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6205606/jake-paul-weight-fight-conor-mcgregor-nate-diaz/ Jake Paul sheds weight to secure big fights with the likes of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz before returning