Kickboxing world champion and social media sensation Andrew Tate has stirred the pot with his recent claim.
According to Tate, a “massive” fight against prominent influencers like KSI, Logan, or Jake Paul was in the works before his unexpected arrest in December 2022.
The Rise of Influencer Boxing
In the last five years, influencer boxing has evolved from a novel concept into a full-blown sports phenomenon.
This meteoric rise started in 2018 with the widely viewed bout between KSI and Joe Weller, which sparked a wave of YouTubers, TikTokers, athletes, and mainstream celebrities donning gloves and stepping into the ring.
During a recent interview, the topic of Tate’s potential fight with Jake Paul, which had been speculated in media circles, came up. The internet celebrities had met face-to-face in Dubai in late 2022, hinting at negotiations for a future fight.
According to Tate, a confrontation with a top influencer was indeed planned prior to his arrest.
“Yeah, it was on the cards for a while. KSI’s an idiot. Logan’s an idiot. Jake is actually quite a nice guy. I met Jake and he’s actually quite a nice guy,” Tate commented.
He expressed his eagerness to return to the ring to “teach them all a lesson.”
The Deal that Could’ve Been
Tate further shared that “some big fights” were being organized for him in November.
He revealed that he had demanded a significant upfront payment in the millions, showing indifference towards Pay-Per-View (PPV) and gate ticket revenues.
Contrary to his expectations, the proposed payment was accepted, indicating that the negotiation process was serious.
The Unexpected Obstacle: Tate’s Arrest
However, this highly anticipated fight, which could have significantly boosted the influencer boxing scene, met an unexpected roadblock with Tate’s arrest in December 2022.
Details surrounding the arrest have remained vague, leaving many fans and followers questioning what could have been.
With Tate’s recent revelations, the spotlight is now back on the influential Paul brothers and KSI.
Will they respond to Tate’s statements? More importantly, will this highly anticipated fight ever come to fruition once Tate resolves his legal issues?
In the dynamic world of influencer boxing, a fight of this magnitude could bring an unprecedented level of attention and engagement.
As for Tate, his comeback could potentially be one of the most significant in the sport’s brief history, creating a riveting narrative for fans worldwide.
As the saga continues to unfold, one thing is clear: the influencer boxing trend is far from over.