Jake and Logan Paul told to "show respect" over boxing careers

WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has told YouTubers Jake and Logan Paul to "respect the greats" of boxing as the brothers prepare for their next fights.

Jake, who is 2-0 in the sport with wins over fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson, is gearing up for a bout with retired UFC fighter Ben Askren.

Logan, meanwhile, is due to face boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout which was postponed earlier this month.

Haney, who fought on the undercard of Logan's defeat to KSI in 2019, has said he has no problem with the YouTubers fighting professionally but warned them not to disrespect the sport.

Speaking on the AK & Barak show, Haney said: "I like Jake, I like Logan, I like both of these guys. I am friends with both of them, but I just feel like, them coming into boxing, you know being YouTubers and that sort I just feel that they should respect us.

"Respect the legends and the guys who pay their dues and guys who are legends in the sport of boxing.

"Don't just come into the sport, you know disrespecting it because I think they are the reason why us young fighters are doing what we are doing and motivated as here.

"So, I just feel like they shouldn't disrespect the guys who came before us and respect the greats."

Haney also called out IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, adding: "Waiting around isn't in my plans, and it's not something I want to do. I'm not looking to wait around and fight somebody else.

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  • "That is the fight [vs Lopez] that I want. That's a fight that we need to make happen and that the fans want to make the fight get made.

    "That's the fight that should get made. It shouldn't be 'I got to take care of business' and 'I got to go do something different' because, in reality, this is the fight that makes sense.

    "That fight can wait. The winner can fight that fight because me and him [Lopez] is the fight that should get made. My main focus is not to wait and not to think about making other plans because that’s the fight I want, and that's the fight that should be made."

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