Paul vs KSI hits roadblock as American sets out condition for UK fight

Jake Paul's issues update in April on KSI vs Alex Wassabi

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Jake Paul vs KSI has run into a roadblock if the fight is to be staged in the United Kingdom. Paul insists that he will only fight across the pond if the contest is regulated by Britain’s leading professional boxing sanctioning body, the British Boxing Board of Control. 

This would mean that the fight is unlikely to be hosted by KSI’s promotional outfit, Misfits Boxing, who are sanctioned under semi-pro organisation, the Professional Boxing Association (PBA). It is also unclear whether KSI would meet the requirements to be granted a BBBofC license due to his lack of amateur experience. 

The body recommends that fighters have competed in multiple sanctioned amateur events (particularly those under IBA regulated bodies) which KSI’s mixture of semi-pro and white-collar fights does not fulfil. Under the ‘applying to be a boxer’ section, the BBBofC website states: “The Board expects that all applicants have had experience in amateur boxing. Amateur records are checked and anybody contemplating a professional career who has not already boxed is advised to contact an amateur club in their area.

“For anyone striving to get to the top of the professional sport it is almost impossible without first having had a good amateur career. Former British, Commonwealth and former K.1 Champion Matt Skelton is the exception rather than the rule.

“The Board may grant a licence to boxers who have no or only limited amateur experience, but before doing so they will want to know that they have had proper and good tuition for some period of time under the supervision of a professional trainer, and without exception, the applicant will be required to demonstrate his/her skills in a gym assessment prior to further consideration.”

Taking to Twitter today, Paul tweeted: “When I fight in the UK it will only be if it’s sanctioned by @BBBofCuk – that’s the governing body of pro-boxing in the UK.”

One man who does have a BBBofC license is Tommy Fury. Paul and Fury are understood to be in negotiations to lock down a date for their long-awaited grudge match once again after two previously failed attempts.

According to Fury’s promoter Frank Warren, the fight is being targeted for February or March and it did seem as though both parties were close to securing a deal back in November. At the time, Warren affirmed that the fight would be signed in the ‘next week or so’. However, there is yet to be an official announcement on the completion of a deal.

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