The proposed exhibition fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Logan Paul scheduled for this month has been postponed.
Five-weight world champion Mayweather was set to meet YouTube star Paul on February 20 but a statement from Fanmio – the online platform broadcasting the show – has now confirmed a new date is being discussed.
‘After an absolutely tremendous response to the fight announcement, we’re hoping to announce a new date very soon along with some new exciting details,’ Fanmio founder and CEO Solomon Engel said in the statement.
While the exact reasons for the cancellation have not been disclosed, Paul alluded to ‘business complications’ in a recent interview.
The 25-year-old however was adamant there is no ‘lack of interest’ around the fight. He told The Night Shift Gaming: ‘I’ve been a little upset with the narrative I’m seeing online, a little f*****g upset, so I’ll clear this up.
‘It’s just stupid. A guy who we had come to test to be a strength and conditioning coach leaked information about the fight.
‘As soon as this got out, he said that the fight was being pushed [back], I said, ‘F**k we’ve had a leak from inside our camp, no-one else was supposed to know that.’
‘Then the narrative changed to ‘Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul fight postponed due to lack of interest.’
Paul made his boxing debut under amateur status in 2018, drawing with British rival KSI before the two turned professional for their rematch a year later, losing on a split decision.
Mayweather, now 44, retired from boxing in 2016 after a final title defence against Andre Berto before returning a year later to beat UFC star Conor McGregor in one of the richest fights in combat sports history.
In December 2018, made another lucrative return to the ring, knocking out 20-year-old kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa under exhibition rules in Tokyo.
Logan’s brother Jake is also scheduled to fight under boxing rules in the coming months, taking on former Bellator champion and UFC contender Ben Askren.
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