JAKE PAUL has admitted Hasim Rahman Jr "got the better" of him when the pair sparred back in 2020.
The fighters face off for real at Madison Square Garden on August 6 after Paul's planned fight with Tommy Fury was scrapped.
And Paul knows Rahman well after they sparred each other in training in 2020.
Speaking about their session, Paul admitted Rahman came out on top after they went to "war" in the gym.
Paul told ESPN: "It was a war, and he's very, very talented. He's very, very strong and he hits really, really hard.
"If anything in the sparring session he got the better of me – but that was two years ago."
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But Paul reckons he has come along leaps and bounds as a boxer in the time since they sparred, which means this time around he will come out on top.
He added: "I believe in the past two years that I've worked harder than him and so that's where the confidence comes from where I think now I can beat him."
Paul now has his eyes on the light-heavyweight world titles – despite having just five professional fights under his belt.
He said: "My goal is to be the light-heavyweight champion of the world in three to four years and to fight the biggest names in the sport.
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"So I'm going to keep on progressing each time and get harder and harder fights and that's really all I've done.
"So the celebrity and basketball stuff that's all in the past."
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