Jake Paul has been warned about the potential threat posed by Wayne Rooney, as the Manchester United legend confirms talks of a boxing match. Rooney, 38, recently shared that he’s in discussions with KSI’s promotion Misfits Boxing about possibly participating in one of their events.

Rooney, who boxed as a youngster, has even had a laugh with Eddie Hearn, the head honcho at Matchroom Boxing, about stepping into the ring with KSI and Paul. Hearn is confident that Rooney could triumph over Paul, despite the latter dedicating the last few years to boxing. Paul boasts a professional record of 8-1 – including five knockout victories – and is due to face lesser-known boxer Ryan Bourland in under a fortnight.

“Wayne Rooney against Jake Paul at Old Trafford is a huge event and I back Wayne to win it, he used to box and was actually an amateur,” Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show. “He knows how to look after himself, I think he would like to have a go. I know Kalle and Misfits have reached out to him and I’ve spoken to him over the years about it.”

Paul wouldn’t compete on KSI’s promotion due to their rivalry, so if Rooney wants to challenge the YouTuber, he would have to fight for Paul’s ‘Most Valuable Promotions’ instead. Hearn, the matchmaker, mentioned that Rooney often messages him after big fights, expressing his desire to box as well.

“After every big fight, especially with a YouTuber, sometimes Wayne Rooney will fire me a message, Hearn told Stick To Football. “I’ve said to Wayne, who had a very limited amateur pedigree but could still fight, imagine the shape you’d get in.”

Rooney did have a chat with Misfits Boxing, but he’s more focused on getting back into football coaching after losing his job at Birmingham City, which is co-owned by Tom Brady. He was only in charge there for 83 days and managed just two wins from 15 games before Brady decided to make a change.

Rooney is most famous for his amazing football career with Manchester United. After coming through the ranks at Everton, the striker moved to Old Trafford and won loads of trophies – including five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Rooney became United’s top scorer with 253 goals before going back to Everton. He was also England’s top scorer with 53 goals after retiring from international duty, but that record has since been broken by current England captain Harry Kane (who has scored 62 goals and is still going).

Fans of football in the US will remember Rooney’s time playing for DC United, where he scored 25 goals in 52 games. He was named in the MLS Best XI in 2018 and won DC’s MVP award that same year. He also played in the MLS All-Star game in 2019. Rooney has since moved into coaching, with stints at Derby, DC and most recently Birmingham. However, his win rate is just 26.1 per cent.

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