Deontay Wilder weighs in on Jake Paul vs Ben Askren boxing controversy

Many boxing fans have taken offence at celebrities, influencers, YouTubers and others stepping into the ring for a massive payday of late.

But former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder insists these type of exhibition bouts aren't making a mockery of the sport.

The American's comments come hours before YouTuber Jake Paul takes on former UFC star Ben Askren.

Wilder told the WMNC Podcast: “I love this sport so much. Even though the risk comes with it, I love it to death.

“And if anyone that has an interest and has a creative idea or way to come in and shine light on it, then I’m all for it. Especially if it’s making money for them, it makes sense.

“If people wanna watch it, enjoy boxing, you probably have gained boxing fans because of these different guys."

“I wish a lot of celebrities, when they are beefing, you get in that ring and air out that negativity or whatever you have against that person, you just battle it out, it makes you like, ‘I’ve released.’

“Whatever the outcome may be, they all should just get together and have a big boxing match and just have it out. Win, lose or draw, you release it and go about your lives. People would love to see certain people in the ring.

“That’s how I see it, a lot of people have their opinion about it, I don’t think it makes a mockery of the sport, I think it enlightens it and enhances it.

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  • “It just dresses it up a little bit and people are using their creative mindsets to use the sport to make a living.”

    Paul's older brother Logan is also set to step into the ring in the near future.

    The YouTuber, who last time out lost to fellow online celebrity KSI, is set to take on Floyd Mayweather in 2021.

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