Ivan Sylve, the father and trainer of lightweight prospect Ashton Sylve, expressed confusion over recent actions by Floyd Schofield’s team.

Ashton Sylve (11-0, 9 KOs), 20, signed to Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, was set to fight Schofield on the Mike Tyson-Jake Paul undercard on July 20. That bout has been rescheduled to the fall but the elder Sylve's comments follow an Instagram post from Schofield (17-0, 12 KOs), 21, announcing a July 6 fight on the William Zepeda-Giovanni Cabrera undercard in California. 

“We are waiting on a new date,” said Ivan Sylve. “I don't know what they're doing with July 6 and trying to fool the fans.”

“He's definitely locked in a contract,” Sylve added. “He can't go nowhere. This fight is going to happen regardless. They can’t run; they are still fighting us.”

The fight came about in the first place when Ivan responded to some social media name-calling.

“If you follow my son’s career, he doesn’t do too much talking or calling people out,” Sylve said. “They opened their mouth first. Instead of engaging on social media, I called them personally and asked if they wanted the fight.”

“We sent them an offer,” Sylve continued. “I felt like they tried to back out by adding a rehydration clause, and everything like that, but we put their feet to the fire and we got a fight.”

Sylve believes his son will be in contention for a world title by next summer or by the winter of 2026. Ashton last fought in February, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Estivan Falcao. Before that, he stopped William Silva in four rounds.

“He wants the big dogs,” said Ivan Sylve. “We grabbed Floyd Schofield because he spoke out; he can be our stepping stone to becoming a contender.”