Dylan Moran could yet be the first genuine boxer You Tube star Jake Paul shares the ring with.
The Social Media personality turned boxing novice registered his third professional boxing win in Atlanta over the weekend, stopping former MMA standout Ben Askren in a round.
According to Ryan Kavanaugh owner of Triller, the platform Paul is connected to, Paul’s next fight will be against a legitimate professional boxer, rather than a fellow social media name, basketball player, or MMA fighter noted for his wrestling.
That boxer could be Moran according to his manager Conor Slater. Irish-boxing.com previously revealed the two teams were in contact earlier this year and held brief talks about ‘The Real Deal’ fighting Paul in April.
Slater took to Twitter today to confirm there was still interest in the clash happening and confirmed the intial financail package discussed is still on the table.
Massive interest in @pro_dylanmoran to face @jakepaul next!— Conor Slater (@ConorSlater9) April 19, 2021
I know @bjfloresboxing would never let his man ever spar let alone fight Dylan but @triller we’ve been in touch and our offer still stands pic.twitter.com/gntxIPmrJz
Speaking previously to Irish-boxing.com on the matter Slater said, “I have been in touch with the people at Thriller, who are promoting Jake Paul now. Initial talks were positive. I have been connected to the person with the final say, hopefully we start more serious negotiations now.”
Slater also spoke in the past about how Moran wasn’t overly keen to be part of what may appear to be an exhibition bout. Having been upset by Paul criticizing him at the start of the year, the Waterford fighter wanted his chance to share the ring with the vocal You Tuber.
However, he wanted a behind closed doors spar to avoid a spectacle. Slater claimed a fight, albeit one that may been seen as part of a ‘new YouTube circus’ by some, would benefit Moran.
“I understand where Dylan is coming from, but the bottom line is this would be a chance to make good money, get that revenge and raise your profile. As a manager I have to explore it.”
The head of Slater Sports Consultancy isn’t confident Paul, who in fairness has looked a solid by novice standards and would have a lot of size on Moran, is up for the challenge, but believes he will look a fool if he doesn’t fight Conor McGregor’s most recent sparring partner.
“After all his slagging of Dylan, a fighter with a 16-1 record, how bad will it look if he fights a journey man. Also he wants to fight Conor McGregor, Dylan provides a connection there. Paul would be the bigger of the two, is full of talk and isn’t afraid to say how bad Dylan is, but I still can’t see him taking the fight. Deep down he knows the truth.”