Two YouTube boxing rivals are taking their rivalry a notch higher after turning professional boxers.
KSI and Logan Paul have turned professional fighters after their 2018 Manchester Arena fight drew 15,000 fans and over one million pay-per-view audience, according to the BBC.
Now, the amateur fighters, who each has over 20 million YouTube subscribers, are set to clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the 9th of November 2019.
Ad the icing? Popular British promoter, Eddie Hearn, is spearheading the effort. In case you needed reminded who Hearn is, he is the promoter behind the former world champion, Anthony Joshua, whose rematch with the current unified champion, Mexican’s Andy Ruiz Jr, is expected to take place before the end of the year.
Hearn, who once described the match between the August 2018 match between KSI and Logan Paul as “embarrassing” is now singing a different tune. And like any promoter worth his weight in gold, he is hyping the next match, which his Matchroom company bills as the “largest live pay-per-view sports event in the history of the internet.”
“What I saw was a phenomenon; a sold-out arena, over one million PPV buys but more importantly, an energy of a new audience to the sport of boxing,” says he according to the BBC. Meanwhile, the promoter is promising fans a “world championship” undercard for the main fight, according to the BBC.
Apparently, both KSI and Logan Paul passed their medicals paving the way for them to become professionals.
“Finally, after over a year since our rematch, I get to enter the ring once again to fight Logan Paul,” says KSI. “If I’m being honest, I didn’t fight well at all in the first fight, and even then, I still managed to draw against him.
“This time I won’t make it so close, especially now that it’s a pro fight, no head guards and 10oz gloves.”
“Last fight, KSI couldn’t beat me with only three months of training under my belt,” boasts Paul. “For the past year, while JJ has been wasting his time trying to become a rapper, I’ve been training every single day.”
This is what he was referencing:
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