JAKE PAUL believes sharing the same birthday as Muhammad Ali 'means something' – and has the backing of Mike Tyson.
He said on his brother Logan's podcast: "Muhammad Ali and I have the same birthday and I think it's weird.
"I think it means something. January 17th."
Iron Mike's iconic mentor and coach Cus D'Amato – who once trained Ali – is also born on the same day.
And Tyson, 55, could not believe it when the YouTuber told him the news that he shares the same birthday as two of boxing's most historic names.
Paul, 24, said: "When I sat with Mike Tyson on his podcast, bro, he's so smart and wise and he was sitting next to me for like 20 minutes just preaching knowledge.
"And he goes, 'Bro, you're the GOAT, January 17th people are not to be messed with'.
"When I told him my birthday, he was like, 'Oh my god'. He like freaked out. He literally freaked out and he says, 'I see it now. It all makes sense'."
Paul, who is 5-0 as a professional boxer, most recently knocked out former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, 39, who he first beat on points in August.
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And before the brutal rematch KO, Paul claimed: “I’m 24-years-old. I can take over the world and become the next Muhammad Ali at the rate this is going."
Paul has now knocked out all of his opponents, with YouTuber 'AnEsonGib', ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37, all joining Woodley, 39.
He was due to fight Tommy Fury, 22, until the Brit pulled out with a broken rib and replaced by Woodley.
Paul has refused to commit to fighting Fury upon his return next year.
He said: "I don't really know what's next on the roadmap. I've done it all, I've accomplished what I want to accomplish.
Muhammad Ali and I have the same birthday and I think it's weird. I think it means something. January 17th.
"I need to take a break, I've been going at this non-stop for a year and a half and it's a lot.
"I'm exhausted, I need to spend time with my family at Christmas and go on a vacation, I haven't gone on a vacation since I was 18 years old.
"I told myself 'not until you feel like you've got to a place in life where you deserve a vacation' and I deserve it now.
"I'm going to go on my first real vacation where there's no obligations, because I've gone on vacations where I have to film it, vlog it, do interviews and wake up at a certain time to work out.
"I'm going on a real vacation and doing backflips into the water – I'll come back whenever I feel like it."
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