The YouTube sensations Jake Paul and Logan Paul made a huge impact with their emergence in the boxing world. They have been grabbing headlines but two boxing legends think the Paul brothers are doing more for the sport than most and approve of them going at it on the canvas.
“Those guys are helping boxing so much,” Mike Tyson told Fox News Digital. “Professional boxers, they are so jealous.”
“They never made a million bucks yet,” Tyson said. “These guys made millions and millions of dollars. These guys never had an amateur fight, [other boxers] had hundreds of amateur fights.”
Evander Holyfield shares the same mindset regarding the YouTube stars getting into the sport.
“I felt that it helped boxing because it shows everybody these guys who really don’t know how to box, but they’re just swinging, they’re making all that money,” Holyfield told Fox News Digital while promoting his new partnership with Tyson’s cannabis company, Tyson 2.0, which announced their newest product “Holy Ears,” THC and Delta-8 THC-infused edibles, on Monday. “These guys are not even professional. They just in there doing their thing.”
The most recent fight was Jake Paul taking on MMA legend Anderson Silva, and “The Problem Child,” as Paul is known in the ring, was set to make an estimated $5 million total with guaranteed purse payouts and pay-per-view sales, per Boardroom. Then there’s Logan Paul’s extremely successful bout with Floyd Mayweather, which had an estimated total $15 million going his way. Paul said that Mayweather’s checks were “short a few mil” in May, according to TMZ Sports.