Jake Paul vs Zayn Malik

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Who would win a Zayn Malik vs. Jake Paul fight?

The two began beefing last weekend. Now, there are betting odds.

 

Josh Katzowitz

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Published Feb 26, 2020   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 6:37 pm CST

Since much of Jake Paul’s online life now revolves around boxing, it makes sense that even the potential spark of a new feud is enough to compel sports books to offer odds for yet another YouTube fighting extravaganza.

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Now that Paul and former One Direction star Zayn Malik (and his girlfriend Gigi Hadid) are apparently at the beginning stages of a beef, oddsmakers have weighed in on what would happen if the two strapped on a pair of boxing gloves and stepped into the ring to face each other.

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According to Bovada, Paul is the favorite to win at -150, meaning you’d have to wager $150 to win $100. Malik, meanwhile, is a +120 underdog, which means you’d earn $120 on a $100 bet.

Their feud entered the public sphere last weekend when Paul blasted Malik on Twitter for apparently being mean to him in Las Vegas and then returning to his hotel room alone. Malik had apparently told Paul not to “test” him when they ran into each other in a hotel hallway.

“Almost had to clap up zane from 1 direction because he is a little guy and has an attitude and basically told me to fuck off for no reason when I was being nice to him,” Paul wrote in a tweet that’s since beeb deleted. “Zane ik you’re reading this… stop being angry cause u came home alone to ur big ass hotel room hahaha.”

Hadid then responded by writing, “Lol cause he doesn’t care to hang w you and your embarrassing crew of YouTube groupies. Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie. Unbothered by your irrelevant ugly ass. Go to bed.”

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Hadid’s diss was so hard-hitting that 860,000 people liked her tweet and another 139,000 people retweeted it. According to TMZ, there’s no bad blood lingering between the two, so there’s almost no chance the two will compete in a boxing match.

But Paul is serious about facing off against YouTube star KSI. Especially after KSI beat his older brother, Logan Paul, last year and after Jake Paul knocked out KSI’s good buddy, AnEsonGib, last month.

In the immediate aftermath of his victory, Jake Paul told the crowd that “KSI is next. Where’s that pussy at? KSI is going to get clocked next.”

KSI immediately walked up to him in the ring and said, “I’m here. I’m going to fuck you up.”

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Paul responded by saying, “You said Gib was going to fuck me up. You saw your best friend landed on his ass over there.”

But now KSI’s trainer, Viddal Riley, said KSI couldn’t possibly give Paul a fight in 2020 because music has become such a big part of his life.

“Definitely not this year,” Riley, who also trained AnEsonGib, told the Pro Boxing Fans channel on YouTube. “This guy is booked for too many tours already, too many festivals. There is no time for training, and I told him we don’t take anyone lightly. Don’t come off of your tour and think you’re just going to get into camp and fight Jake. You lock off your music. You lock off everything and then you talk.”

So, without KSI (and Malik, it seems) in the mix, Paul will likely have to turn his attention elsewhere if he wants to fight again soon. Maybe PewDiePie, who recently returned to YouTube after a 37-day hiatus and then almost immediately called Paul a “little snake,” would be a good candidate.

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2020, 9:23 am CST