The appearance of Jake Paul and Logan Paul in the boxing world has caused confusion, controversy and even anger among fans of the sport. But two boxing legends think the Paul brothers do more for the sport than most, and approve of them playing on canvas.
“These guys help boxing a lot,” Mike Tyson told Fox News Digital. “Pro boxers are very jealous.”
Why envy professional boxers with years of training and more experience than the Paul brothers? These are all about money.
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“They haven’t made a million dollars yet,” Tyson said. “These guys have made millions of dollars. These guys have never fought amateur fights. [other boxers] There were hundreds of amateur fights.”
Evander Holyfield shares the same mentality about YouTube stars getting into sports.
“I felt it helped boxing because it shows that these guys really don’t know how to box, but just swing, make all that money,” Holyfield said when promoting his new partnership with Fox News Digital. Tyson’s newest product, “Holy Ears,” is Tyson’s cannabis company, Tyson 2.0, which announced Monday the edibles infused with THC and Delta-8 THC. “These guys aren’t even professionals. They’re doing their job there.”
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The most recent fight was Jake Paul’s encounter with MMA legend Anderson Silva, and “The Problem Child” as Paul is known in the ring is set to earn an estimated total of $5 million with guaranteed purse payouts and pay-per-view sales. per meeting room.
Then there’s Logan Paul’s hugely successful match with Floyd Mayweather, with an estimated total of $15 million going his own way. According to TMZ Sports, Paul said in May that Mayweather’s checks were “a few million missing”.
While the payouts were huge for the Paul brothers, true fans of the sport debated whether they tarnished the sport’s respect because they hadn’t worked on the craft for years like fighters past and present.
However, despite what some in the industry have said about them, they prepare meticulously for their fight. UFC’s Conor McGregor called Jake Paul “jacka–“, while world champion boxer Gervonta Davis called him a “clown”.
Jake Paul recently told Sports Illustrated that he wasn’t seen as a real fighter. “I’m a professional boxer. It’s just my lifestyle, my mindset, what I do every day, and who’s around me.”
There’s also the argument that the Pauls didn’t fight “real” boxers. While Mayweather is a different story for Logan Paul, Jake Paul beat all former MMA fighters (he also fought fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA guard Nate Robinson, both of whom were knocked out).
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Ben Askren was the first MMA fighter to result in a knockout in the first round. He then defeated Tyron Woodley twice in their most recent match, one of which was a knockout.
It was Silva’s toughest match to date, with a unanimous decision for his sixth career victory.
But when it comes to competition, Tyson is on his side.
Tyson said of Jake Paul, “He doesn’t fight any of those guys, but he fights guys who should get his ass kicked. That’s how he fights.”
Jake Paul also made it a point to fight boxers, including Tommy, the brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, whom Paul provoked at the Mayweather event in Dubai last Sunday. Mayweather fought another YouTube star, Deji Olatunji, where Tommy Fury fought Rolly Lambert on the card.
Paul was commenting on the fight between Tommy Fury and Rolly Lambert, and when asked why he wouldn’t fight Tommy Fury, he replied, “This guy sucks.” According to Talk Sport, Paul also yelled “you suck” and “no d—“. Even Fury’s father got involved in the verbal joust.
At the end of the day, it still takes a certain amount of confidence to get out and fight someone. That’s what Holyfield respects about the brothers.
“The most important thing about boxing is your self-confidence once you get in there. It’s easy to talk about it. You can hit the bag, the bag won’t reciprocate. But when you get in that ring, it’s another beast,” he said.
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Tyson and Holyfield are reuniting under the newly formed Carma Holdings, which hosts Tyson 2.0 and Holyfield’s own cannabis line set to launch in 2023. fight in 1997