Jake Paul has said that he wants to prove doubters wrong by becoming a world champion in boxing, despite "not necessarily" being interested in the belt.
The YouTube star swapped his daily vlogs for the boxing ring in 2018 to make his amateur debut, before switching to the professional ranks in January of last year.
He won his first three pro bouts, as well as his one at amateur level, and is facing former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley next month.
But he has been vocal about wanting to face Canelo Alvarez for one of his world titles, and explained to former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on his podcast why he wants to become a world champion.
"I want to become world champ," he said, speaking on Miocic's JABs podcast. "Just because… I don't necessarily want the belt, but I just want to be like 'yeah, people said I wasn't a real fighter and then I became a world champion'.
"What can they say now? Isn't it crazy how fickle the audience is, it's so weird."
Miocic, who was twice the heavyweight champion in MMA's top promotion, holds the record for most title defences in the division, and says that he was impressed by Paul ahead of his last bout; a win over Ben Askren in round one.
"Someone asked me about you in an interview and I said 'he's getting better' and that was scary," Miocic explained.
"He's new to this sport and he's getting that good that fast, and when you fought Ben I thought Ben was tough, he's fought the best and never really got knocked out.
"But it's a fight and you were getting better, and look what happened!"
Paul has previously claimed that he believes himself to be a better fighter, and tougher test for current super middleweight world champion Canelo, than Billy Joe Saunders and Avni Yildrim, his last two opponents in 2021.
The social media star joked that Saunders, who is a two-time world champion, fights like a "wild chicken" and says that his size advantage would prove a deciding factor against the Mexican when they fight in the next few years.
Paul told reporters earlier this month: "If Billy Joe Saunders, who fights like a wild chicken, can go in there and get a payday and fight Canelo and last that many rounds
"Or Yildirim, the 'Turkish Warrior' can go in there and last three rounds, nine minutes, Yildirim didn't throw a f***ing punch.
"I'm a much better fighter than both of those boxers. I'm bigger, faster and more athletic.
"So if those guys can go in there and hang with Canelo, can Jake Paul in three years go 12 rounds with him and beat him? We'll see."
He will first need to defeat Woodley in his fourth pro bout, and then face a boxer with a professional record, before earning a shot at any world champion.
Paul faces Woodley on August 29 in his hometown, with a world title fight featuring Amanda Serrano on the undercard.
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