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Jake Paul responds to former Jets RB Le’Veon Bell

On Saturday, YouTube personality turned professional boxer Jake Paul knocked out former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.

Paul has quickly become a very polarizing figure in boxing. Despite making his professional debut less than two years ago, Paul has been able to headline multiple pay-per-view contests and rack up millions of dollars on the world’s biggest stage.

Through five professional fights, Paul is 5-0 with 4 knockouts. His success hasn’t come with its own fair share of criticism, however. Many critics claim he hasn’t truly fought a real opponent.

Pauls’ five wins have come against YouTuber AnEsonGib, retired NBA player Nate Robinson, 36-year old retired UFC fighter Ben Askren, and 39-year old UFC fighter Tyron Woodley, whom he has fought twice.

Among these many critics is former New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell. Shortly after Paul knocked Woodley in the eighth round, Bell sent out this tweet:

Paul swiftly responded, taking a shot at Bell’s recent, yet short, stint with the Baltimore Ravens:

Woodley, coming off a tough loss to Paul for the second time this year, also didn’t have anything nice to say about Bell’s tweet that insisted he couldn’t box:

Warning: tweet below contains NSFW language

Since spending two seasons with the Jets from 2019-20, Bell has struggled to find a permanent home in the NFL. He was released by the Jets before the midway point of the 2020 season and has since had short stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, starting just two games and taking only 94 carries across 14 appearances.

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Despite his complete lack of professional boxing experience, Bell has been known to post clips of himself boxing to work out during the offseason. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, while with the Jets, Bell worked out with decorated boxer Don Somerville, whom he was introduced to by defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

At 29 years old, Bell likely still has some gas left in the tank, but if recent social media banter is any indication, it might be spent on boxing rather than football.

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