Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem questioned the match’s legitimacy in a Tweet on March 26, where he speculated that Paul may have paid Weller to lose the fight.
“Did Jake Paul pay Joe Weller to take a fall, or is Joe really this bad at boxing?” KEEM wrote.
KEEM wasn’t alone in his speculation, either; other fans likewise claimed that the match had been fixed beforehand, with some users noting that Weller went down fairly easy after being punched in the gut by Jake.
“Looked real until the fakest ending I’ve ever seen,” one commenter wrote.
“Joe looked like he wasn’t even taking it seriously, he’s terrible,” another quipped.
Looked real until the fakest ending I’ve ever seen— Scavo (@Scavoyt) March 27, 2019
Joe looked like he wasn’t even taking it seriously, he’s terrible— 🙄 (@riksanitys) March 27, 2019
Despite the overwhelming criticism against their fight, Weller explained that the bout was very much legitimate, and claimed that the final blow had truly knocked the wind out of him.
“Seeing far too many people genuinely believing I staged to lose in the first round against Jake,” Weller wrote. “...I fully wanted to do good, but that shot that winded me. Just was killer, even if it did look well pussy.”
Seeing far too many people genuinely believing I staged to lose in the first round against Jake 😭😂 ffs— Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) March 27, 2019
So annoying cuz I fully wanted to do good but that shot that winded me just was killer even if it did look well pussy
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Weller went on to deny any claims that Jake had paid him off to fix their match, and even poked fun at his own boxing skills in the process.
“I’d never take money to look bad and take a loss,” he continued. “I legit do that enough on my own haha. Wish I coulda done better, but boxing just ain’t my sport ffs.”
I’d never take money to look bad and take a loss LOL I legit do that enough on my own hahah— Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) March 27, 2019
Wish I coulda done better but boxing just ain’t my sport ffs 😂😭
Even Jake Paul chimed in on the matter, noting that Weller had likewise lost to KSI during their boxing match in February 2018.
joe weller lasted 8 1/2 minutes with KSI— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) March 26, 2019
joe weller lasts 2 minutes with Jake Paul
While Jake appeared to schedule a fight with American rapper Soulja Boy, it appears that the youngest Paul brother now has his sights set on KSI; although official news of a potential bout between the two remains cloudy.