Jake Paul says boxing was a ‘dying sport’ before he came into it and claims ‘he saved the whole entire sport’.

‘The Problem Child’ dropped another outrageous sound bite when he spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

Image: Alamy He slammed Hasim Rahman Jr’s attempt to renegotiate his contract before sensationally claiming that he single-handedly saved boxing.

“This is why boxing was such a dying sport before I came into it and literally saved the whole entire sport, basically single-handedly, along with some other heavyweights and some lightweights, but mostly because of me boxing was saved, and I’m starting to realize what the problem was,” he exclaimed.

Surprisingly, Paul then gave credit to Dana White and the UFC despite becoming an advocate for improved fighter pay in the MMA promotion.

He added: “That’s why I give the UFC props, that’s why I give Dana White props, but it pisses me off because I just want to get to the ring and do my f**king job, put on a show for the fans.”

Image: Alamy Barring any last-minute contractual fall-out, Paul will resume his boxing career on August 6 against Rahman Jr.

But the 25-year-old has his sights set on a blockbuster showdown against Conor McGregor.

On potentially facing the ‘Notorious’, he said: “It’s got to happen. Why not? He’s a businessman, I’m a businessman, and that’s $75 [million] to $100 million for both of us.”

If Paul, though, beats Rahman Jr and reaches 6-0, then expect him to continue his pursuit of the UFC superstar.

Paul vs. McGregor? Watch this space.