Logan Paul had his first professional fight against fellow YouTuber KSI last year, in a fight that arguably ushered in a new era of exhibition fights.
Speaking on the Ak&Barak Boxing show on Dazn Promoter Eddie Hearn underlined the importance of not ‘bastardising the sport’ and retaining a significant focus on making the big fights like AJ vs Fury and Spence vs Crawford.
Hearn shared with the show his thoughts on the upcoming exhibition between pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather and YouTuber Logan Paul.
He said: “I just think that every time you make a fight, it doesn’t matter whether it is a freak show or a great pound-for-pound fight, there has to be a narrative. So, when Conor McGregor boxed Mayweather, it’s like the two greatest from their respective codes meet and two of the biggest superstars and characters in the world.
“When KSI boxed Logan Paul, it’s the two biggest YouTubers in the world and they’re off the same standard, Mike Tyson against Roy Jones – it’s two legends at a similar weight. I struggle to see with Floyd Mayweather against Logan Paul, what the narrative is, it’s one of the greatest fighters of our generation against a YouTuber who is 0-1.
“We can’t be hypocritical, myself or boxing because if it makes dollars it makes sense, but we can’t bastardise the sport. Even Tyson vs Jones, I wasn’t mad about it, but when I watched it back it wasn’t too bad, we got away with it. My worry is we can’t get away with things like this forever.”