EDDIE HEARN has urged Jake Paul to face the next Conor McGregot – but fears the feud with Dana White could prevent the ‘big fight’ from happening.
Paul took down two former White stars – Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.
And recently, he feuded with the UFC president online, accusing him of underpaid for his warriors.
All while the Youtuber has long called out McGregor – who lost his boxing match to Floyd Mayweather.
And Hearn said the Irishman was the biggest fight for Paul but acknowledged his rivalry with White could get in the way of negotiating a deal.
He said he told DAZN . boxing: “For me, the fight was Conor McGregor. I’ll just say it. I think it was a good fight, to be honest with you guys.
“You’ve got the weight difference. Conor McGregor can box. He’s not a boxer but he has an amateur background.
“He’s done a lot better than Tyron Woodley or Askren and those kinds of people.
“And it was a big fight. But you obviously got the whole UFC, Dana White – Jake Paul.”
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McGregor, 33, was supposed to fight Mayweather, 44, in a 2017 cross-court bout that White co-promoted.
But his back and forth with Paul, 24, makes a deal less likely to be agreed.
White even responded to Paul’s accusations that he used cocaine and agreed to be tested for drugs for a period of TEN YEARS.
But in return, he wants to test the winner’s steroids 5-0 for two years, accusing the American celebrity of cheating.
Paul denies ever taking steroids and also agreed to be tested by United States Anti Doping – the UFC’s drug testing unit – to prove it.
Hearn admits he was surprised when White responded so openly to Paul, which got into the hands of social media.
The promoter said: “Jake Paul has done a great job getting Dana White into those conversations.
“I have the utmost respect for Dana White and I was quite shocked when he posted a video of Jake Paul talking to him.
“It’s going to be music to Jake Paul’s ears. Music to his ears, because that’s what he does, he loves you so much that you start talking again.”
Paul KOs his win over YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, former NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, as well as former UFC couple Askren, 37, and most recently Woodley, 39.
The former UFC champion was initially beaten on points in August but defeated in the December rematch.
Woodley only filled out short notice after 22-year-old Tommy Fury withdrew because of a broken rib and chest infection.
It means Paul hasn’t fought an opponent yet previous professional boxing experience, something that is technically 0-1 McGregor.
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