Jake Paul has announced that he is in a "temporary retirement" from boxing as talks have hit a wall for his bout with Tommy Fury.
The YouTube star is 4-0 as a professional boxer, having stopped his first three opponents, and has fought twice this year with plans for one more in December.
But talks over a potential fight with Love Island star Fury, who is a 7-0 professional, have stalled in recent weeks after the Brit rejected Paul's second offer for a £1million payday.
And in an Instagram post showing Paul with his girlfriend Julia Rose engaging in a number of vacation activities, he has said that he's planning to take a short break from the sport until someone is willing to sign to fight him.
"Since no one wants to fight me and signed the dotted line.. I am temporarily retired and on vacation until further notice," Paul said.
"To contact me please send carrier pigeon."
Paul's manager Nakisa Bidarian recently told Mirror Fighting that Paul is planning to fight in December, with a back-up option in place should talks with Fury's team break down.
"We have not made a third offer," Bidarian explained in an exclusive interview. "Jake has put his line in the sand in terms of what he wants to do.
"I think Frank and George Warren [Fury's promoters] have been working on their side to try and figure out a solution.
"It's not dead, but we definitely have another option lined up.
"Our intention is to do a fight in December, that hasn't changed, Jake has made that very clear.
"Obviously everything has to make sense but usually what Jake Paul wants to do gets done so that's the plan.
"I hope Tommy doesn't become Tommy Danis and fumble this opportunity."
However, Fury has teased the fight during media interviews today, telling a number of outlets that he will have "big news" in the next week.
The pair are both engaged in multiple-fight deals with Showtime Boxing in the United States.
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Fury fought Paul's sparring partner Anthony Taylor on the undercard of the YouTuber's fight with Tyron Woodley in August, winning a unanimous decision.
The event was a pay-per-view success, with Paul defeating Woodley by split decision in the main event, which was broadcast on BT Sport in the UK.
And when Paul and Fury got into an altercation backstage that was caught on the BT Sport cameras, it appeared to be the next fight to make.
But Fury has argued that he deserves to be paid much better for the bout, saying recently that he feels the event will garner "millions of pounds".
"That is true," Fury said of Paul's claims that he turned down a fight offer. "Those offers weren't even worth addressing.
"And now he has come out and said that he wants to give me a £1million to fight him and I just want to say this.
"To everybody out there, £1m for a fight of this magnitude is not even worth getting out of bed for.
"This fight is going to gross millions and millions of pounds."
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