Logan vs. Floyd Mayweather ‘Another form of the circus,’ ex-world champion slams Paul.
Former world champion Tony Bellew mocked the boxer-versus-YouTuber match.
Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew mocked the forthcoming exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul, saying it wasn’t even close to being a boxing match.
Bellew was speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Don’t Tell Me The Score’ podcast, where he expressed his distaste for the match.
After his 2015 victory over Andre Berto, Mayweather, a 50-0 ring legend, effectively retired from world championship-level boxing.
In 2017, he faced former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor in a high-profile money fight in Las Vegas, where he defeated the mixed martial artist in the 10th round.
Mayweather has already competed in a mismatched exhibition combat against Japanese flyweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, and is now preparing for his latest bizarre exhibition contest.
This time, Mayweather will face YouTube star Paul, who has only fought twice in boxing.
On both instances, Paul met fellow YouTuber KSI, first in an amateur combat that ended in a tie, and then in a professional rematch in which KSI won by split decision.
Now, Paul will face Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition battle on June 6 in Miami, where he will go from making his pro debut against a 0-0 opponent to facing probably the best technical boxer of all time.
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew has been completely perplexed by the fight.
He stated, “It’s all in the name of money and the love of money – nothing else.”
“This will go on until someone is really harmed. That’s all there is to it.
“I’m sorry to say that, but that’s what’ll put a stop to this: someone getting seriously hurt.”
“Of course, at some moment, it’s had to happen,” Bellew said.
“There will be a fight between two celebrities, and someone will be injured. That’s all there is to it.
“It won’t happen again. Well, it’ll most likely continue. We’ll almost certainly have an unlicensed event.
“I’m not sure how these [fights]are licensed.”
The sanity of scheduling a 0-1 rookie whose only pro fight ended in a loss to a fellow YouTuber against one of the sport’s all-time greats was questioned by Bellew.
“This guy is going to battle Floyd Mayweather, the best fighter of his generation,” says the announcer. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”