Josh Taylor has described the intrusion of YouTubers like Logan and Jake Paul into boxing as a ‘farce’ and in contrast their bouts to one thing you’d see in WWE.
The undisputed super-lightweight champion of the world put in top-of-the-line performances by a Brit abroad to defeat Jose Ramirez and grow to be the primary four-belt world champion from these shores.
But the Scot obtained little or no consideration from TV stations earlier than the bout, with a scarcity of protection surrounding the occasion in Las Vegas understandably annoying the ‘Tartan Twister’.
As an alternative, retailers corresponding to Sky determined to as a substitute plug the exhibition bout between the elder Paul brother and 50-Zero boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, which befell on Sunday evening in Miami.
After eight rounds of what could possibly be described as boxing, there was no winner topped and each males as a substitute talked concerning the enormity of their financial institution balances within the post-fight press convention.
Talking to talkSPORT dwell from Glasgow, Taylor admitted there have been some positives from the inflow of social media stars into the squared circle, but the injury it’s inflicting boxing could possibly be irreparable.
He stated: “I have a look at it from two other ways; I have a look at it from a method as bringing new units of eyes to the game.
“It’s bringing in younger youngsters which can be into their gaming and YouTube into the game, it’s bringing followers and younger youngsters like that.
“And if a number of of them have an interest within the sport and begin coaching and following it then that’s good, it’s bringing new individuals to the game and getting new eyes to the game.
“However in different methods, it’s making a mockery of the game and so they’re not aggressive fights, it’s guys who’ve by no means boxed earlier than of their life. They go on stage and begin turning boxing nearly into the WWE.
“Right into a little bit of a present, a little bit of a farce, a little bit of a circus and it’s fairly irritating typically when you’ve got quite a lot of fighters that, together with myself, have devoted their lives to get to the place they get to and get huge fights.
“They type of get shunned and ignored by one thing like this; a previous it, old-timer – albeit an excellent old-timer – however he’s previous his finest and he’s combating a man from YouTube.
“It may be fairly irritating that manner, however it’s good for the game, too.”
Ricky Hatton, who additionally competed at 140lbs throughout his extremely profitable profession, shared a hoop with Mayweather throughout his pomp and held nothing again in his withering evaluation of the battle.
Describing it as ‘s*** for boxing’ on Instagram, the ‘Hitman’ echoed Taylor’s sentiments by suggesting the American not wants to fret about his engrossed financial institution stability, moderately than integrity of his status.
Taylor added: “It’s irritating and I don’t imply to disrespect Logan Paul or Floyd Mayweather, however Floyd Mayweather is the most effective of this technology.
“It simply seems like he’s damaging his identify and his legacy within the sport by doing this, only for a number of quid. He’s not brief of some quid, he’s made lots of of lots of of tens of millions!
“He doesn’t want an additional £50million, what’s that going to do to his checking account? It’s what it’s, however it’s fairly irritating to observe.”
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