Fan interest boxing matches are all the rage these days, with brothers Logan and Jake Paul leading the way. Despite being seemingly appalled by the idea, fans tune in regardless, as the one-off spectacles produce millions of viewers worldwide.
With Logan taking on megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. this weekend, and younger brother Jake locking horns with former UFC Welterweight World Champion Tyron Woodley in August, the buzz for these fights is at an all time high.
In fact, even boxer J’Leon Love, who was in Jake’s corner for his fight against Ben Askren earlier this year, is ruffling a few feathers. Love is 24-3-1 with 13 KOs as a professional, and has close ties with Mayweather himself, having fought under Mayweather Promotions.
A bout between Love and Woodley had been brewing, but in recent Twitter exchanges, Love went back and forth with former lightweight champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez and kickboxing superstar Nieky “The Natural” Holzken.
Alvarez and Holzken are both signed to Singapore-based martial arts promotion, ONE Championship. Alvarez competes as a lightweight in mixed martial arts, while Holzken fights under the ONE Super Series banner in kickboxing and Muay Thai.
“Woke up to a lot of MMA fighters that needing a check. @Ealvarezfight @PlatinumPerry and a few others. Anymore broke MMA fighters that need some money. Fill out the application link in bio and tell me why I should fight you,” Love tweeted.
Alvarez responded: “I’ll assume you added the wrong fighter here. I got plenty big guy. Talk about needing money?? You got 10 mouths to feed. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you find yourself a fight purse. If I need my hands wrapped or a mitt guy next fight, I’ll hyu, I promise.”
Meanwhile, Holzken claims he could knock Love out inside of three rounds, should they ever meet in the ring.
“2 much weed. It took you 3 days to get back to the gym because of your black eye. Ashamed @FloydMayweather would see you. Sign the contract I knock you out inside 3 rounds,” Holzken tweeted.
Holzken and Love sparred in 2016.
As crossover boxing and MMA fights are becoming more common, it is interesting to see how things unfold.
ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said recently that he was open to the idea of a cross-promotion mega event between ONE and the UFC, pitting world champions from both organizations against each other. Would he also be open to a crossover boxing match?