YouTuber AnEsonGib has boldly called out pound-for-pound boxing great Canelo Alvarez – despite losing inside just a round against Jake Paul in his one pro fight.
The strange callout came at a press conference for his comeback fight, which takes place against Tik Tok star Tayler Holder on the undercard of new promotion Social Gloves' debut fight night.
The card, which is headlined by a fight between former NCAA basketball standout Austin McBroom and Tik Tok star Bryce Hall, will feature a series of exhibition bouts pitting top YouTubers against top Tik Tok creators.
But AnEsonGib, whose real name is Ali Al-Fakhri, views the event as a stepping stone back in to his pro career, and bizarrely called out super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
He taunted opponent Holder throughout the event from his home in London, as travel restrictions stopped the two British stars from attending the press conference.
But one moment caught the eye of fans, when Holder joked that Gib had asked for a fight with Canelo, to which the Saudi Arabian-born YouTuber replied 'of course'.
"The pool has gotten bigger," Gib said of his future opponents, initially targeting the social media space. "There are so many YouTubers on the stage and I'm ready to call out all of them."
Holder responded, saying he was 'deluded' and joking that he had called out boxing legend Canelo on social media, to which Gib replied 'of course'.
"He can get it," he continued, to laughter from the LA crowd.
Holder, who was seen training with Canelo last month, and Gib have been trading barbs online in the build-up to the fight, and have debated over the size of gloves for the fight and the length of rounds.
The YouTube star last competed at pro level against Jake Paul, where he wore 10 oz gloves and fought three minute rounds.
But due to commission rules regarding exhibition fights in Florida, the pair will have to waer 16 oz gloves and only fight for two minutes a round, which he has slammed as a bad idea.
The event will be streamed live on June 12 from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami as a pay-per-view on concert streaming service LiveXLive and will also feature the return of Deji Olatunji, who was Jake Paul's very first opponent at amateur level.
He fights model Vinnie Hacker, and has said that he hopes to forge a career for himself in the sport of boxing like his brother JJ 'KSI' Olatunji, who defeated Logan Paul in his pro debut in 2019.
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