Jake Paul vs Joe Weller lined up as next YouTube boxing fight on Evander Holyfield vs Glenn McCrory undercard at O2 in April
Jake Paul vs Joe Weller is being lined up as the next YouTube boxing bout on the undercard of the fight between legends Evander Holyfield and Glenn McCrory.
talkSPORT.com earlier revealed a huge comeback fight between former champions Holyfield and McCrory, both in their fifties, has been verbally agreed for the O2 Arena next April.
It follows the exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr in Las Vegas last Saturday, as the two heavyweight icons battled out an entertaining draw.
YouTuber Paul, 23, produced a brutal knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of that one – and looks set to feature at the next big comeback event too.
talkSPORT.com understands 24-year-old Joe Weller, who lost an amateur bout to YouTuber KSI in 2018, has been sounded out as a potential opponent for Paul by the promoters of McCrory vs Holyfield.
Like Paul, Weller has no pedigree as a boxer and is famous for his YouTube channel.
He was a commentator for BT Sport alongside McCrory for the Tyson vs Jones Jr event last Saturday.
Paul’s brutal victory over Robinson was labelled a dangerous farce in some corners, but Tyson insists boxing needs YouTubers to stay relevant.
“Well listen, my ego says so many things,” he said at the post-fight press conference.
“But my reality is, they help boxing so much; boxing owes these YouTube boxers some kind of respect.
“They should give them some belts because these guys make boxing alive. Boxing was pretty much a dying sport, UFC was kicking our butt.
“Now we got these YouTube boxers, with 25million views. Boxing is going back thanks to the YouTube boxers.”