Antonio Brown has issued a direct challenge to Logan Paul regarding their potential boxing showdown, ordering the YouTube entertainer to “get the papers” after the stars publicly locked horns on social media earlier this week.
The former Steelers star hasn’t been subtle in his attempts to goad Paul into a high-profile fight, telling him to “square up” in a Twitter callout, and suggesting he’d “f**k up” the YouTube star during an interview on Barstool Sports' KFC Radio.
Now Brown, whose stint with the New England superteam lasted just 11 days before he was cut due to sexual assault allegations, has turned to a career in rap under the moniker “AB,” and is gunning for six rounds in the ring with Paul.
Brown’s salvo aimed to Paul on Monday, which saw the YouTube star respond that he would “drop [AB] faster than the Patriots,” seemed to be the only time the two would clash. It seems, however, the NFL star’s callout was dead serious.
“He was calling me out for a couple of months, and he said he wanted to fight me… that he’s down to fight,” Brown told Complex after the release of his new rap single “Whole Lotta Money,” which he’s been spruiking for the past few weeks.
“Yeah, if he really want to do it… if old Logan want to come, see if he wants to get a little rumble on. I've been hearing him talk about it a lot. Get that paper right so I can get out to Vegas and get in my zone.”
While there’s plenty that believe Brown wouldn’t stand a chance against the YouTuber in a one-on-one duel in the ring — Odds Shark even opened the betting at Paul -2000, Brown +1000 — the All-Pro wide receiver is oozing with confidence.
That confidence comes, in part, from the fact Logan Paul is now 0–2 against fellow internet star Olajide 'KSI' Olatunji. After losing in a semi-pro bout in 2018, the American fell to a second defeat by decision at the Staples Centre in November.
“Yeah, he got beat man, he’s just been taking Ls all over,” Brown added when discussing their potential 2020 showdown, but added that he was impressed by his marketing expertise. “He made a good pop though, made a lot of money.”
That’s a sentiment AB has stuck to when discussing the man he wants to touch gloves with sometime this year: he’s a “big fan,” and has a lot of respect for Paul.
“It seems like Logan is a boxer for real, he’s a cool guy,” Brown said. “Came to my house a couple years ago at the Superbowl. He's promoting his craft and his brand, so it would be an honor if I could hook up with him. I think it would be pretty fun.”
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Of course, no matter what level of respect the NFL star has for Paul, he still wants to lay him out if the two do eventually meet in a bout that could “break the internet.”
Apparently, he’s so serious about delivering the YouTuber his second pro boxing loss, he’s already enlisted the help of 50–0 undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather. Now all that needs to happen is for Paul to pull the trigger.
“Yeah, I’m going to be out in Vegas, and if Logan confirms, if he’s serious about it, I’ll be working with Floyd,” Brown confirmed.
“I don’t want him [Paul] to be writing checks you can’t cash, you know. Paul, you’re coming after me for a couple of months, so I finally hit him up like, “Hey man, I’ve seen this too much.” He must really want to make this happen.”
It looks like the wheels could be in motion for the major high-profile fight too, after Paul’s lieutenant Mike Majlak leaked a conversation between the two that suggested they were preparing to approach Maddison Square Garden for the bout.
— Mike Majlak (@mikemajlak) January 8, 2020
Whether or not Brown and Paul do eventually step into the ring, it looks like there could be a few months of speculation and build-up ahead of the title fight before it’s eventually decided, with both sides happy to let it play out across the internet.
Now, the only question is who wins — the YouTuber who trained as a boxer for the past year, or a four-time All-Pro star with a decade of NFL experience under his belt.