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Le’Veon Bell on proposed fight against Jake Paul: ‘Set it up’

Le’Veon Bell became the latest high-profile athlete who has expressed at least a hypothetical interest in fighting YouTube personality Jake Paul, a development that certainly ranks high up on the list of bizarre sports stories in an already-surreal 2020.

Paul made it to 2-0 in his fledgling boxing career after knocking out former NBA player Nate Robinson last Saturday. The notion whether Paul could handle the Kansas City Chiefs running back in the ring was recently floated on social media, and Bell surprisingly responded to the tweet, writing, “like I said, set it up.”

The notion that Bell would actually enter into a bout with Paul is patently absurd, not to mention wholly unrealistic. While an amusing concept and interesting theoretical exercise, there are far too many obstacles, logistical and otherwise, that stand in the way of a potential Bell-Paul bout for it to happen anytime soon. And that’s without considering Bell is merely joking about stepping into the ring in the first place.

The same arguably can be said for how there has been some smack talk between Logan Paul, Jake’s brother, and San Jose Sharks star Evander Kane about possibly strapping on the gloves for a potential pugilistic showdown.

The above absurdities aside, Jake Paul doesn’t appear to be considering a Bell bout at this time. Instead, the aspiring boxer has set his sights on a much bigger — and far riskier — target.

“I am dedicating my life to beating Conor McGregor,” Paul said, per Marc Raimondi of ESPN. “Financially, it already makes sense. Financially, I’m already one of the biggest prizefighters, and there’s only a couple more bosses to check off and to beat and to conquer.”

Only in 2020.