POPSTAR Justin Bieber has the boxing ability to be the “next Jake Paul”.
Bieber, 28, has had secret training sessions and is being targeted for a role in a Rocky-style boxing film about legendary Ukrainian fighter Dmitriy Salita.
YouTube star Paul, 25, has already made a successful transition into the world of boxing.
Paul has won all five of his fights, including two against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
And screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard believes Bieber has the potential to follow in Paul’s footsteps after being impressed with his boxing skills.
He said Vegas Insider“From what I’ve seen of Justin Bieber, he has the talent and the boxing skills to go from entertainment to boxing – he has the ability to become the next Jake Paul.
“I’ve seen Justin train and he has skills. I’m not telling you he’s ready to be the world middleweight champion but he’s not bad.
“The hardest thing about a boxing movie is moving like a boxer. Apparently Justin Bieber was taking lessons, he was really, really believable.
“There’s a little clip of him on YouTube or something. He’s very believable as a boxer.”
While Bieber is wanted for a role in the film, he might also decide to put his boxing skills to good use elsewhere.
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The Canadian singer has been embroiled in a long-running feud with Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
A UFC-style celebrity fight has been touted in the past after Bieber initially called for a fight.
Bieber then called Cruise a “toast” last year in his final attempt to take on the Hollywood actor in the octagon.