As the boxing world still processes Jake Paul’s resounding success in the ring and on pay-per-view last weekend — according to him at least — Floyd Mayweather is finalising plans to fight his older brother, Logan.
Reports from the US suggest Mayweather is tentatively aiming to fight Logan Paul on the first weekend in June, although there is conflicting information on which day.
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger said the exhibition bout will be on Saturday, June 5 (Sunday in Australia), putting it in direct competition with the world title fight between undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez and Sydney’s George Kambosos.
That would create a stir for a number of reasons.
Floyd Mayweather Jr knocks down kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa during their exhibition match at Saitama Super Arena on December 31, 2018. Mayweather won by technical knockout in the first round. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)Source:AFP
Firstly, it would force boxing fans to choose between a genuine fight between two world-class opponents — and whatever you want to call a bout between 44-year-old Mayweather, who hasn’t been in the ring since an exhibition match against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018, and Paul, whose professional record is 0-1.
Secondly, Coppinger reported the Mayweather fight will air on Showtime pay-per-view, putting it in direct competition with Triller, the streaming service hosting Lopez-Kambosos which also aired Jake Paul’s fight against Ben Askren.
But another report from TMZ said Mayweather was zeroing in on Sunday, June 6, meaning there would be no clash.
Mayweather, who boasts a 50-0 professional record, was originally scheduled to fight Jake Paul in February but the bout was postponed.
According to The Athletic, the pound-for-pound legend will not be allowed to weigh more than 160 pounds (72.5kg) while Paul can’t weigh more than 190 pounds (86.2kg).
Logan Paul (right) lost to KSI. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Paul has amassed more than 20 million YouTube subscribers and rose to fame by uploading his own comedy sketches and video blogs. He has twice fought fellow YouTuber KSI, the first bout, which was fought under amateur rules, ending in a majority draw before KSI won the rematch in November last year by split decision.
His younger brother, Jake, has fought three times, defeating YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA player Nate Robinson and former UFC fighter Ben Askren — all by knockout.
Jake claimed his fight against Askren was one of the top 10 biggest-selling boxing pay-per-view in history, a number that while still unsubstantiated, has sparked high interest and debate in the potential of celebrities entering the ring.
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