Paul backed to ‘surprise’ Mayweather as boxing icon given reality check

Logan Paul 's sparring partner Vlad Panin has backed the YouTuber to "surprise" Floyd Mayweather when he takes on the 50-0 boxing superstar in a six-round exhibition bout next month.

Paul is stepping back in the ring for the first time since his split decision loss to fellow YouTube star KSI back in November 2019.

Mayweather, meanwhile, has not fought professionally since his TKO win over UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017 and last stepped foot in the ring for an exhibition bout with Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018.

The 43-year-old is expected to win the encounter comfortably, despite turning 44 a few days after the bout and having a considerable height disadvantage, but Mayweather has been warned against underestimating Paul.

Panin, a welterweight prospect with an 8-1 record, admitted he was "surprised" by Paul's skills when the pair sparred and claimed he does not think Mayweather will win by stoppage.

Speaking to Pro Boxing Fans, Panin said: "I was sparring a few months back and Logan's trainer was there. And he came up to my coach and I after we got out of the ring and he was like 'hey, do you guys wanna spar Logan Paul? We need someone that looks like Floyd.'

"When it got announced later, like a month or two after that, they asked if I could come in and I started working with him and helping him out and just giving him that shoulder roll look and a similar style to what he's going to see.

"Honestly, I was kind of surprised. I mean he's got a good jab, he could box from a distance, he's got control of range, he's got good natural instincts in terms of his eyes, he's able to see shots and pull away from them and slip them and stuff like that.

"He throws his jab from different places, I could tell he's learning like these different veteran tricks and stuff, so I actually think it's going to be an interesting fight.

"I don't think Floyd stops him, it's only a six round fight, I think it'll be pretty interesting, because Logan's so much bigger.

"Logan makes me look tiny and I'm 6 ft tall and Logan's like 6”3, definitely over 200lbs. I mean when he hits you, you're still getting hit by like a technical heavyweight.

"He's a naturally strong guy, he wrestled in high school, he's got good athletic ability, he's got good natural instincts and Floyd is a little bit up in age now, he's 43 and I know a lot of people are overlooking this, but these are all things that you have to take into account.

"The age difference, the size difference, the reach, the length all that and the youth, all those things and the fact the fight is only six rounds, it's not like you have 12 rounds to break your guy down, you only have six rounds.

"He's definitely going in there to win, he's confident. He knows he's the younger, bigger guy and I'm sure he knows that Floyd is just going to overlook him, he's just going to say 'this guy's a YouTuber, he's not going to beat me, I'm Floyd.'

"Floyd said he didn't even really train for the McGregor fight so if he wasn't in a full camp, sparring for the McGregor fight, I don't think he's going to take Logan that seriously.

"I mean, I'm sure he always stays in good shape, Floyd's always kind of secretly in the gym and I grew up in Vegas so I've been in his camps, I've seen him work and he's got a great work ethic, but I think if he overlooks Logan, it could be interesting to say the least."

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