Jake Paul hinted at fighting Canelo lvarez when he responded to news that the Mexican’s next opponent would be ‘not for boxing purists’.
The YouTuber-turned-award winner is 5-0 professionally and has ambitions to face Canelo one day.
Boxing’s pound-for-pound No. 1 recently unified the four belts of the super-middleweight division in the space of just 11 months and four fights.
But the rival of his comeback remains a mystery, with WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu, 34, and American star Jarmal Charloe, 31, at the forefront.
Other names still attached to Canelo, 31, are light-heavyweight champion K Dmitry Bivol, 31, and Artur Betterbiev, 36, as well as unbeaten super-middle David Benavidez, 25.
Yet 25-year-old Paul took the opportunity to align his name with that of Alvarez as he replied to the news with three ice-cold emoji.
But the chances of the American social media sensation sharing the ring with Canelo are slim now or ever.
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He himself has admitted in the past that there have been no talks for the fight to take place.
And Paul has given a three-year deadline to achieve the lofty goal of fighting Canelo first.
After all, despite his unbeaten record, he still faced an opponent with prior professional boxing experience.
Their victories so far have come against YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, former NBA player Nate Robinson and former UFC duo Ben Askren, 37, and Tyrone Woodley, 39.
Paul initially defeated Woodley on points in August but knocked out the ex-UFC champion in their December rematch.
That was due to 22-year-old boxer Tommy Fury, until Britt passed out with a broken rib and a bacterial chest infection.
Fury has since called for the celebrity grudge match to be rescheduled, but ex-middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 35, is in talks to fight Paul.