Ex-NBA player Kendall Gill wants to avenge Nate Robinson by challenging Jake Paul to a boxing match.
The 52-year-old has four professional fights to his resume and believes he would offer Paul his toughest test in the ring to date, accusing the YouTuber of cherry picking fights against much smaller opponents.
“Ben [Askren] campaigned at 170 pounds. Nate Robinson soaking wet is 175 pounds. AnEsonGib, who he fought before, was about 175 pounds,” Gill, who is 4-0 as a pro boxer, told MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin in a recent interview. “So the trick is to fight smaller guys. That’s why he’s been calling out Conor McGregor, he’s been calling out Nate Diaz, all those guys who I think are tremendous fighters in their weight class. Jake Paul sweats down from about 210 pounds down to 190. He’s really a heavyweight but he sweats down to cruiserweight to fight these guys.
“So of course he’s going to have an advantage when he hits these guys with his right hand. He probably, after the weigh-ins, rehydrates back up to 210 pounds. He probably walks into the ring above 200 pounds, I guarantee you that. For me, I can get down to cruiserweight. We’ll be the same size. I guarantee his punches won’t have the same effect on me as they do on other guys. I can take his punch, even though I don’t think he’ll be able to hit me.”
Paul has called out everyone from Conor McGregor to Daniel Cormier since his viral KO of Ben Askren this past weekend but Gill believes he’s the best matchup currently available.
“Step up and fight some real competition,” Gill said. “Somebody with real boxing skills just like you.
“He’s ready to go. I’m ready to go. This is where we’re at, this is what we’re aiming for. I know there’s a lot of guys on deck that want to fight him. I still think with the exception of Conor McGregor, I’m the biggest fight he can get.”
It’s estimated that Triller Fight Club: Askren vs. Paul secured over 1 million PPV buys and generated $75 million in revenue.