August 19, 2022

This celeb boxing thing really isn’t going away, is it?

Apparently Justin Bieber could become “the next Jake Paul” when it comes to boxing following some secret boxing lessons.

Well, this is all according to Gregory Allen Howard, anyway: the screenwriter currently composing a script for a biopic about Ukrainian-born American boxing legend Dmitry Salita – a role that he wants Bieber to play.

Speaking about his current project, which is still in its very early stages, Howard said: “From what I’ve seen of Justin Bieber, he has the talent and the boxing skill to crossover from an entertainment background into boxing – he has the ability to become the next Jake Paul.

Credit: Getty – Salita (L) retired in 2013′ and Bieber (R) has never done any competitive or exhibition boxing, he is said to have trained casually for many years.

“I saw Justin spar and he’s got skills”, he told Vegas Insider; “I’m not telling you he’s ready to be the middleweight champion of the world but he’s not bad.”

Howard went on to insist that the obstacle for people playing this kind of role is that they have to truly move like a boxer – something that it sounds like Bieber is already showing positive signs of doing.

The 28-year-old is thought to have been taking lessons, previously boxed with Floyd Mayweather and even posed as a boxer in his “Anyone” music video. As mentioned, footage of him has circulated online before and Howard believes he is “very credible as a boxer”.

 

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The “Baby” and “Boyfriend” singer actually challenged Tom Cruise of all people to an MMA fight a couple of years back but sadly, that fantasy never came true.

The Remember the Titans writer says that he is still keen to get Bieber onboard, with his manager Scooter Braun keen to get in on the act as producer – but says the Canadian pop star is in very high demand.

This also would be his first major acting role, having only enjoyed a few cameos in a handful of movie and TV appearances thus far. Either way, it certainly didn’t stop the Paul brothers from doing it all and turning into professional fighters after the fact.

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