Antonio Brown and Logan Paul want to see one another in the ring, while Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn sees potential dollar signs.
Last week Brown and Paul engaged in a Twitter feud that has now escalated into Brown stepping into the gym and training for a fight that is rumored to air on DAZN this April.
In footage Brown released on Twitter, he’s seen training with former Olympian and pro boxer Eromosele Albert, who claims this is not a joke for the former All-Pro Wide Receiver.
Antonio Brown getting some work in on the pads 👀🥊
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) January 15, 2020
“Antonio Brown just started boxing and we just started training together. Yes, he is serious about the fight,” Albert said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “We’re starting a training camp now. He’s a natural. He’s an athlete. It’s not a big transition. He’s going to catch up really quick. He needs a lot of work to get done, to correct all of his mistakes. We have three months to get ready for the fight. That’s enough time. He’s in shape already. We just have to work on his technique, head movement, and defense — and that should be it for him to be ready.”
Paul, who is listed as a -2000 favorite against the controversial football star, feels he’s the one in the power position and not Brown.
“Antonio Brown is in a position where he can definitely use this fight,” Paul told a handful of huddled reporters in Los Angeles promoting his brother Jake’s pro debut.
“A.B. and I are having some minor head butts. It could turn into something very real, but right now I think we can put on the best f—— show of 2020 … I may be delusional and optimistic, but the crossover between the massive digital audience and the mainstream audience A.B. brings would be f—— insane … He’s one of the best f—— athletes in the world. His ability to pick up a new sport like boxing, I’d imagine it would be pretty quick. For sure he would be ready to go with three months of training.”
Brown, who is currently alleged to have committed a sexual assault on a personal trainer, has spent the majority of 2019 in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. First, he was sent from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders during the 2019 off-season. Then Brown clashed with Raiders management, even allegedly calling their General Manager a “cracker” and would be released before ever playing a down for the franchise. He’d then sign with the Patriots at the start of the season but only played one game for the team before being released due to the aforementioned sexual assault allegations.
“I know he’s a hard worker, and I know he’s good. He just has to be about it,” said former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield on Wednesday.
“We’re numbers people in this game,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Scene in November. “Everyone is. Anything that delivers is good news for everybody … If it’s thrilling, if it’s exciting, you’re going to see many more of these, and it won’t just come from me.