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Canelo Alvarez calls for Logan and Jake Paul to be banned from the ring

Canelo Alvarez wants celebrity boxing brothers Logan and Jake Paul to be denied the right to fight professionally.

Younger sibling Jake has amassed a professional record of 3-0 by beating AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson and Ben Askren.

He plans to fight again later this yeas and has targeted UFC star Nate Diaz as well as being linked with a clash with Tommy Fury, brother of heavyweight world champion Tyson.

Logan's only win was a defeat by fellow YouTube star KSI in Los Angeles in 2019 but he is preparing for an exhibition bout against ring legend Floyd Mayweather.

But Canelo, who bids to take another step towards becoming the undisputed super-middleweight champion against Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday, wants the brothers denied licences.

"They could get them killed. This is not a soccer game, they could get them killed," he said in an interview with Graham Bensinger.

"Why do they give licences to people who have never in their life even thrown a punch?

"If there's a death, the commission will be responsible. Why? Because they issued the licence for the fight.

"I truly believe that it's a lack of respect. It's all based on money. It's all for money. I'm focused right now on other projects.

"I have other stuff going on, and I would invite him (one of the brothers) for a sparring session so that he truly knows what it's all about.

"For true fighters, I do believe it is a lack of respect."

Logan Paul was among the first to cross over from social media to the ring when he took on KSI at the Manchester Arena in 2018 in a white-collar bout.

The fight was scored a draw and the two rivals were awarded licences to compete as professionals a year later with world champion Billy Joe Saunders among the fighters on their undercard.

KSI won the rematch on points but has not fought since while Paul was due to take on Mayweather earlier this year but the bout has been delayed until June 6.

The six-round exhibition bout will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami the night after Evander Holyfield returns to the ring in an exhibition of his own against Kevin McBride.

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