Tim Tebow Responds to Jake Paul’s Boxing Challenge, Compares Himself to ‘Rocky’

by Chris Haney

We’ve seen Tim Tebow play football and baseball professionally, but it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him in a boxing ring anytime soon.

Earlier in the week, YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul had a message for Tebow on Twitter. Following Paul’s victory last weekend over UFC fighter Tyrone Woodley, he called out Tebow on social media. Paul tweeted, “aye @TimTebow I think it’s time for you to get into boxing ?!”

Previous to his appearance on ESPN’s college football pregame shows on Saturday, Tim Tebow responded to Paul’s challenge. The former Florida Gators quarterback and national champion laughed off Paul’s message. He joked that he enjoyed pretending to be Sylvester Stallone‘s famous boxing character Rocky when performing on the singing competition show Lip Sync Battle. But it sounds like that’s as close as we’ll get to seeing Tebow in the ring.

“I did pretend to be Rocky in Lip Sync Battle, and I won that one,” Tim Tebow said with a laugh. “You know, I don’t think there’s much of a shot for that. At least I liked wearing Rocky’s shorts in Lip Sync Battle, that was fun.”

“So just to debunk any rumors that might start. You are not going into boxing, is that correct?” SportsCenter host David Lloyd asked Tebow.

“Yea, I don’t think that’s where I’m probably going to head next,” Tim Tebow responded.

While Tebow may have tried his hand at multiple sports, boxing doesn’t seem to be on his radar. Considering Jake Paul is surprisingly 4-0 in his short boxing career, that may be a wise decision by the 34-year-old athlete turned sports analyst.

Tim Tebow Added as Max Kellerman Replacement on ESPN’s ‘First Take’

Recently, Tim Tebow tried to return to the NFL as a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He quit baseball earlier this year as a minor league player for the New York Mets farm system. After his former head coach at the University of Florida Urban Meyer took over the Jags, Tebow earned an invite to training camp. However, it wasn’t meant to be as he eventually got cut and didn’t make the final 53-man roster.

Earlier this week, we found out what Tebow will do next with his career. He’ll make his return to television as he continues his sports broadcasting career with ESPN. Yet he won’t just be joining any show on ESPN. He’ll be partially taking over sports analyst Max Kellerman’s position on First Take and working alongside polarizing personality Stephen A. Smith.

Previously, Tim Tebow worked as an analyst for the SEC Network, but his move to First Take is a big step up. That said, Tebow isn’t Kellerman’s only replacement on the popular ESPN show. The former quarterback will only feature on the show each Friday. In addition, Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin will join Smith every Monday. The rest of the week, Smith will debate a rotating cast of ESPN personalities.

This won’t be the first time Tebow has joined First Take. He’s made multiple guest appearances dating back to 2017.