Jake Paul has set out a five-year plan for his boxing career which he hopes will culminate in a huge fight with multiple-weight world champion Canelo Alvarez.
The Mexican fighter has had a surprising back-and-forth with the YouTube star, but Paul is quite a distance away from being able to face someone at that level.
While Alvarez is 56-1-2, holding wins over world champions like Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Gennadiy Golovkin and Shane Mosely over the years, Paul is just 3-0 and has yet to fight anyone who had boxed professionally.
But he is confident he can reach that level eventually, despite his late arrival to the sport aged 20 when he first laced up a pair of gloves in preparation for his white-collar debut in 2018.
His most experienced opponent in the boxing ring was his pro debut opponent; YouTuber AnEsonGib who had competed in two white-collar boxing matches.
And he faces his biggest test to date on August 28 in former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
"I just want to continue to be the most disruptive boxer in the history of the sport," Paul told TMZ Sports.
"That means taking this on a fight-by-fight basis and continuing to get even bigger and take on more and more serious opponents.
"If you told me where I was going to be at three years ago, I wouldn’t believe you, so I don’t even want to think about, or ‘cap’ myself, with the possibilities.
"I’m open minded and I think anything is possible – I think I could be fighting against Canelo Alvarez for the WBC or the WBO championship belt. Why not, baby?"
Paul understands that taking on a fighter who is currently competing at the absolute peak of the sport, looking to become undisputed champion, is a lofty goal, and a considerable ways to go from his current level.
But he believes that if he can maintain the intensity of his work ethic which has taken him to three professional wins and a fight with Woodley, that he could one day be in the same league as boxing's top fighters.
"A lot of people are afraid to try, they’re afraid to get up out of their seats, they’re afraid to do something different – but that’s them, that’s not me," he added.
"I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and that’s why there’s a difference between successful and non-successful people in this world.
"So really, the sky is the limit.
"It’s just about how seriously I take it, and I do take it seriously; more seriously than 99% of these ‘professional’ boxers that are out there."
Alvarez is not the biggest fan of Paul, or his brother Logan, saying that their involvement in boxing is 'disrespectful' to the sport, and could see someone killed.
However, his stance on influencers competing in boxing appears to have softened; he was seen training with TikTok star Tayler Holder ahead of his exhibition bout with AnEsonGib earlier this month.
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