Tony Bellew tweets "what the f***" as Jake Paul says he doesnt know who he is

Tony Bellew may be a former WBC cruiserweight world champion – but that seemingly isn't enough for Jake Paul to know who he is.

In a comical exchange with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, who promoted the Liverpudlian fighter, the YouTuber claimed he hadn't heard of Bellew. And his dismissive manner was enough to prompt an angry and foul-mouthed response from the retired star.

Hearn and Paul were appearing on iFL TV ahead of the Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano fight at Madison Square Garden this Saturday. Hearn is promoting Taylor, while 'The Problem Child' is in the camp of Serrano – and the two have made an £800k bet on the outcome.

The pair were asked about a possible Bellew v Paul bout, with Hearn joking: "That's a massive fight. He's retired, he's old, he's a former world champion," which appeared to be a dig at Paul's 5-0 pro-record, with him yet to face a full-time boxer.

He wasn't prepared for the response though, with the American stating: "I'm not sure I know who he is." Paul was then informed Bellew was a former cruiserweight world champion and was also in the film Creed, which drew an even more sarcastic quip.

"That's his claim to fame? He was a janitor in the background of Creed?" Paul would later offer a slight concession, saying: "I think I might have heard the name but I can't put a face to it." Even Hearn saw the funny side, concluding the interview by exclaiming: "This is brilliant."

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Bellew didn't seem quite so amused on social media, posting: "WTF is going on? I’ve social media on and all kinds going on to me about Jake Paul? Yes I’ve seen a video cos 20 people have whats app’d me it! Madness! My only response to it is…my claim to fame isn’t creed son! It’s winning the @WBCBoxing belt! Oh and smashing your coach too."

The last reference related to BJ Flores, who trains Paul, and who was beaten by 'Bomber' back in 2016 following a third-round KO. It was Bellew's first defence of his world title.

One response wasn't enough it seemed though, with Bellew then tweeting again with images of Flores on the floor from the fight, and hinting at a comeback to sort the issue out: "Just in case you needed to know what I look like Jake Paul this is me!" he ranted. "The other is how ya coach got to know me! Creed was Pretty Ricky Conlan! What this is Tony BELLEW! Do not wake the f***ing animal up that’s been dead for years."

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