The Wanted star Max George has invited rival boy-band One Direction to step into a boxing ring so they can settle their ongoing feud with an old-fashion punch-out and raise money for charity at the same time.
The Glad You Came hit-maker clashed with Zayn Malik in December (12) after the One Direction singer alleged in a post on Twitter.com his fellow Brit had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
George challenged Malik to meet him face-to-face at an all-star Christmas concert in New York the following week, but the encounter never happened and the two groups have continued to throw shots at one another ever since.
The Wanted members are now keen to put an end to the fall-out and George is convinced a five-on-five boxing match with their pop foes would be a top draw for fans eager to see their idols battle it out in person.
He tells reporters, “We would like a boxing match – them against us. It would be brilliant for TV, and I have no problem with it at all…
“If they have got an issue, why don’t we actually do something financially – like make some money for charity and blow off some steam in the boxing ring? I don’t think there is a better idea other than that I don’t want anyone to get savagely hurt.”
However, his band-mate Jay MCGuiness is convinced a charity brawl between The Wanted and One Direction will only heighten tensions between the groups.
He says, “We haven’t spoken. I think no matter how much you try to avoid it, people are always gearing up for, you know, what do you think of them, what do they think of you.
“It’s going to be really hard to ever have a real friendship, and we don’t see them enough for that. We’re not going to lose any sleep over it.”