YouTube star Jake Paul is scheduled to step in the ring once more in January 2020 and tensions are running high, as he’s had to respond to his opponent, AnEsonGib, claiming that he wanted to cancel their fight.
Over a year has passed since Jake’s first boxing match against YouTuber Deji Olatunji in August 2018, which Paul emerged from as the victor by knockout.
Having scored a win on his breakout fight, it came as no surprise when the Team 10 founder hoped to earn a spot on the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch undercard — a request that was ultimately denied in favor of a separate match.
After pleading with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn for a turn on the rematch undercard, Paul scored his very own headline fight against fellow content creator AnEsonGib a few months later, set for January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
However, it looks like Paul wasn’t interested in the bout at first, as a Tweet from Gib claims that the star YouTuber nearly dropped the fight in the beginning.
Jakey was on the brink of pulling out… fair play for accepting your fate and signing the ting
— Ali (@AnEsonGib) December 23, 2019
“Jakey was on the brink of pulling out,” Gib wrote in a Tweet on December 23. “Fair play for accepting your fate and signing the ting.”
Jake later denied these claims, arguing that he had even helped negotiate the deal with Gib in wake of his Twitter poll asking who he should fight following the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch.
You had no control on who you’re fighting
You had no control on the fee (haha btw)
You were late to announce the fight because you were about to pull out.
Do as your told and try to promote the fight with that dead channel https://t.co/0xWzkDW0So
— Ali (@AnEsonGib) December 25, 2019
“Bruh, I brought the deal to you to be signed,” Jake retorted. “Negotiated your rate & all. Everything you say is a lie. When I brought the deal to your manager, he said you wanted to fight in March out of shape?”
Gib was quick on the draw with his response, alleging that Paul had “no control” over his opponent and was late to announce their fight due to nearly pulling out of the deal — a deal that is now a mere month away.
Both Paul and Gib will be making their professional debut during their upcoming boxing match, which is set to stream on DAZN via subscription, marking the second-ever professional YouTube boxing match to grace the platform following the KSI vs Logan Paul bout.