Tate, 35, claims to have 87 fights and nine losses in his accomplished kickboxing career. The internet star has also competed in MMA, holding an amateur win over former UFC middleweight Luke Barnatt. He first challenged Paul to a fight in 2020 and offered him $3million for the clash.
The son of an International chess master, Tate has recently achieved unprecedented popularity on TikTok. The kickboxer flaunts his extravagant lifestyle on Instagram and claims to own several high-end supercars, such as a limited-edition Bugatti Chiron which costs an estimated £3.4m.
Tate insists he would wipe the floor with Paul in a fight but admits he respects the YouTube star for being smart in promoting himself since transitioning to boxing. “I don’t dislike him, I understand him but I want to make something clear, I would still kick the living f*** out of Jake Paul,” he told The Fellas podcast.
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“I’m not some washed-up UFC fighter and I’m not smaller than him, I would beat the living s*** out of him and if he wants to fight I’ll fight him any day of the f****ng week. He’s very smart with his ‘I’m just a YouTuber angle’.
“You’re a full grown man with the best coaches in the world who has dedicated years to learning how to box. The guy’s not a jack*** and the fact he puts this spin on it is very smart.
Paul has faced criticism throughout his short-lived boxing career for challenging fighters at the end of their careers who aren’t his size. Tate, who weighs around 205lb and stands at 6’3″, insists he would take a fight with Paul seriously despite being vastly more experienced than the YouTuber.
“I offered him $3million at the time, I don’t think it’s about money for him I think it’s about credibility and fame. Him fighting me is a massive risk for him, he knows that. I’d love to kick the f*** out of the guy because I love to fight, that’s the difference between me and everyone else he’s fought,” Tate continued.
“I’m not some desperate guy at the end of his career who needs the money. I would dedicate my life [to training], treat him like a professional and I would destroy him like I’ve destroyed all of the professionals I have ever fought.”