Vasyl Lomachenko has come out in defense of influence boxing following Floyd Mayweather against Logan Paul.
The Ukrainian pound-for-pound star admitted he logged in to see the 50-0 boxing legend go the distance with the YouTuber and insisted he had no issues with the event.
Lomachenko told SnowQueenLA: “Yeah [I watched it].
“Look, they’re making money. It’s not sports, a lot of people buy this fight to watch fighters and YouTubers make money, it’s a business.
” I agree with that.
“Because if people want this show, they pay for it.
“It’s not my problem, it’s not a problem for the fighter arguing, ‘Oh, that’s disrespectful.’
“Hey forget [it]. If people want this they will give it [it].
“People pay money to watch this. They take advantage of it, why not?
“Yeah, I read other fighters say it’s not fair – who’s to blame if you can’t do the same?”
“The point of being famous is to use your popularity.
“If they got someone to fight a YouTuber for $ 20 million tomorrow, wouldn’t you?”
“Of course you will, it’s easy money.
“The people who are against are the ones who don’t put themselves in these guys’ shoes.
“They make money like that. Today, it is their job, their bread.
“They can do it, they can sell, so let them do it.”
Loma also gave his take on the upcoming YouTubers vs TikTokers event this Saturday – a card entirely dedicated to influencers from both platforms.
He continued, “You say a lot of fighters are crazy that all YouTubers and TikTokers have stolen their shine recently.
“So what’s stopping these fighters from becoming YouTubers or TikTokers? We all have phones.
” It’s the opposite. You box, they make content.
“They’ve created so much interest and content that people want to see them fight.
“Now you [fighters] go do their part. Make people want to watch you do something other than fight you. “