Jake Paul is making the move to Showtime and Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh has responded.
Paul has been making waves in the world of combat sports for better or worse. The YouTube star was last seen headlining a Triller event against former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren. He scored the first-round TKO victory.
Paul has made it clear that he’s only looking for short-term deals, so his time with Triller was a one-off. Paul’s adviser, Nakisa Bidarian, told ESPN that his fighter is now making the move to Showtime.
Kavanaugh responded to Paul’s decision when speaking to Bad Left Hook.
“Jake’s team said they got offered $10 million with upside. And so we said, ‘We don’t want to hold you back, we wish you good luck.’
“We tried to look at what makes financial sense. I just don’t know how anybody can make money at the level he’s asking for.”
Bidarian told ESPN that Paul is grateful for Triller but that it’s time to start a new chapter.
“Jake is proud of the events he participated in with Triller and appreciates the opportunities they afforded him. Jake is excited to continue his boxing career with Showtime Boxing. Fight announcement coming soon.”
Paul vs. Askren reportedly broke the $1 million mark for PPV buys. Triller will be holding an event on June 19 headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos. Triller outbid Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank for rights to the bout. The promotion put in a whopping $6 million bid.