Dana White will NOT be moving into boxing in the coming months as the UFC president takes another swipe at the ‘screwed up’ and ‘broken’ sport following news of Floyd Mayweather’s fight with YouTuber Logan Paul in 2021
- Dana White has been linked with a move into Zuffa Boxing over the past year
- The UFC president has revealed he will not be moving into boxing ‘any time soon’
- White, 51, described boxing as ‘broken’ and a ‘screwed up’ sport that needs fixing
- Floyd Mayweather recently announced he will be taking on Logan Paul in 2021
- The fight with the YouTuber is set to bring in more money than Wilder vs Fury
Dana White has denied rumours he is moving into the world of boxing and has described the sport as ‘screwed up’ and ‘broken’.
The UFC president was believed to be close to launching Zuffa Boxing this year with a fight between Claressa Shields and Amanda Serrano in Las Vegas arranged for this Friday.
But the coronavirus pandemic put a spanner in the works of White’s plans and the 51-year-old has criticised the sport over a lack of integrity regarding Floyd Mayweather‘s planned fight with YouTuber Logan Paul in February of next year.
Dana White is not moving into boxing soon as he believes the sport is ‘screwed up’ and ‘broken’
The UFC president has taken another swipe at Floyd Mayweather’s 2021 fight with Logan Paul
White told The Sports Network’s Aaron Bronsteter: ‘Yeah, I’m not doing anything (in boxing) any time soon.
‘Never did I say that I was doing anything but I’ve been looking and kicking the tires of boxing for the last couple of years.
‘The reason you’ve never seen me do anything is because that’s how screwed up and broken it is. That’s what a mess it is. It’s gonna require so much time, money, and the whole thing needs to be rebuilt and restructured.
White (above) says boxing needs to be ‘rebuilt’ and ‘restructured’ which will take a lot of money
‘There’s always gonna be fights that’ll pop up that’ll make money, you know, but when you’re in a situation where, you know, this (Floyd) Mayweather (exhibition fight with Logan Paul) does more buys than (Tyson) Fury versus (Deontay) Wilder or, you know, some of these legitimate big fights, it’s pretty scary.’
American boxing legend Mayweather, who has a 50-0 undefeated record in boxing, is set to take on YouTube star Paul in a ‘super exhibition fight’ in Las Vegas next year in what will be the Money’s first fight in just over two years.
Fellow American Paul, 25, fought fellow YouTuber KSI twice in the past three years, the first resulting in a draw before the Briton claimed a rematch victory back in 2019.
The exact value of the fight is yet to be determined, though Paul’s first fight with KSI attracted 1.3million pay-per-views worldwide – including 800,000 live purchases – which made it the largest non-professional boxing fight of all-time.
Logan Paul (left)’s fight with Mayweather is set to bring in more money than Wilder vs Fury
Mayweather (left) will face Paul having beaten UFC star Conor McGregor (right) back in 2017
The second fight, who took place in 2019 saw both fighters receive around $900,000 each – though the figures are believed to be higher for both KSI and Paul.
UFC president White first raised concerns about the state of boxing earlier this week as he hinted that Paul is not quite qualified to take on one of the sport’s biggest stars in Mayweather.
A less than impressed White said: ‘When people ask me what’s the state of boxing right now, that’s where it’s at.
‘Didn’t that kid get beat up by the f*****g video game kid from England and now he’s going to fight Floyd Mayweather?’