JAKE PAUL has been named the third highest paid boxer in the last year behind only Canelo Alvarez and Anthony Joshua.
The YouTube star has raked in £14million from prize money and endorsements according to research from sports finance website Sportico.
Paul, 24, fought twice in the last 12 months – knocking out both Nate Robinson and Ben Askren.
And he tweeted he's "just getting warmed up" upon hearing the news of his mega earnings.
Mexican warrior Canelo Alvarez was the only boxer to make Sportico's list of 100 highest paid athletes – coming in 12th with his £45m earnings.
Both Joshua and Paul just missed the list with one of the website's reporters putting both of their earnings at £14million plus.
Canelo has fought three times in the last 12 months – beating Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders in Texas and Avni Yildirim in Miami.
Joshua, meanwhile, has had just one bout when he beat Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena last December.
And while Joshua's grudge match against Tyson Fury is on hold once again, Paul has a list of names ready to fight him from Tommy Fury to Conor McGregor.
McGregor is the highest paid sportsman on the list – raking in £147million in prize money and endorsements.
Lionel Messi (£89m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£85m) come in at second and third respectively – with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (£77m) fourth and NBA legend LeBron James fifth (£72m).
Neymar (£71m), Roger Federer (£59m), Tom Brady (£57m) and NBA stars Kevin Durant (£57m) and Stephen Curry (£53m) complete the top 10.
Seven time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton comes in 11th with £45m in earnings while golf great Tiger Woods is 13th with £44m.
Naomi Osaka is the leading female athlete on the list in 15th place with £39million with Serena Williams in 44th place on £25million.
HIGHEST PAID SPORTS STARS
- Conor McGregor (£147m)
- Lionel Messi (£89m)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (£85m)
- Dak Prescott (£77m)
- LeBron James (£72m)
- Neymar (£71m)
- Roger Federer (£59m)
- Tom Brady (£57m)
- Kevin Durant (£57m)
- Stephen Curry (£53m)
According to Sportico
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