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Eddie Hearn says Jake Paul’s novelty fights wearing thin, should look to cash in with Conor McGregor fight

The Matchroom promoter believes it will be harder and harder for Paul to make big money facing the opponents he has been, and should just go straight to the end game.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

In a conversation with Fight Hype, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn gives some of his reaction to the latest YouTuber fight between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley. In Hearn’s estimation the in-the-ring product Paul has been putting on is starting to fall a little flat and he thinks Paul should just look to cash in against a big name instead of trying to sell a fight against someone like Tommy Fury.

“If I’m Jake Paul now I’m going ‘let’s be honest, it’s getting a bit boring and it’s going to get harder to make this kind of money,” Hearn said. “‘Let’s just fight Conor McGregor,’ or something like that. Let’s go the bank and let’s make it 170-something — if he can get down there — and let’s almost end this now. Because it’s like, I haven’t watched the whole fight but I watched some of it and it was pretty bad and it’s gonna get worse and worse. So I think just cash in. But I don’t see any harm to boxing.

“I think the biggest thing is it just puts boxing under more pressure to produce because they’re doing good numbers...Manny Pacquiao did 200,000 buys (against Ugas) so you have to be careful in the sport that this doesn’t become the norm, because I don’t want that as the norm.”

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