Flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards insists YouTube boxing IS good for the sport
Flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards has revealed he wants to mentor YouTube fighters as he believes they have had a positive impact on the sport.
Fans have witnessed the rise of the likes of Jake Paul and KSI in recent years, with both men able to attract huge numbers to watch their fights thanks to their influence online.
But YouTube boxing has divided opinion, with some fans unconvinced by how seriously it should be taken, and the direction in which the sport is heading.
Paul has previously stated his intention to become a world champion and has called for a future fight with Canelo Alvarez, but was beaten in his last bout by former Love Island star Tommy Fury.
Meanwhile, KSI's most recent fight ended in controversial fashion when he appeared to drop his opponent Joe Fournier with an elbow rather than a punch. Having initially been declared the winner, KSI's victory was subsequently taken away from him following a review, with the result changed to a 'no decision'.
Major shows including Misfits, which feature predominantly YouTubers, are now being delivered on a regular basis, and some professionals are becoming disgruntled with the money on offer in these events when they have spent their entire lives working their way through the ranks.