Logan Paul and KSI are set for a rematch.
The two YouTube personalities will be squaring off for their second fight on Nov. 9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fight will be streamed live on DAZN.
The two previously fought at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on Aug. 25, 2018. The fight ended in a majority draw with two judges scoring it 57–57 and the other 58–57 in favor of KSI. The fight was streamed on YouTube’s pay-per-view service, drawing in over 1 million paying viewers (with a $10 fee for the fight). It is the largest non-professional boxing match of all time in terms of paying viewers. A recorded version of the fight on YouTube has since amassed over 17 million views.
The first fight was an amateur fight, but KSI and Paul will be turning professional for their second match. They will not be wearing headgear, like they did in their 2018 bout.
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KSI, whose real name is Olajide William Olatunji, is a British internet personality. He has over 20 million subscribers on YouTube, earning nearly 5 billion views on the platform. He uploads different types of content but became well-known for his music.
He began amateur boxing before his first bout vs. Paul, fighting fellow YouTube personality Joe Weller. He won the fight by technical knockout in the third round. Not too long after his win vs. Weller, it was announced he’d be fighting Paul.
“Finally, after over a year since our rematch, I get to enter the ring once again to fight Logan Paul,” KSI said via a press release. “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 10-ounce gloves hahahaha, the time to end him is nearing. I can’t wait to see the memes of him slumped on the ground after I’ve repeatedly beaten the life out of him. He’s facing a different animal this time.”
Paul is another successful YouTuber, with just under 20 million subscribers and 4.6 billion views. Paul first gained fame on the app Vine, where users uploaded six second videos. He’s since built a career that extends past social media, including TV and movie appearances. His only boxing fight is his first bout vs. KSI.
“I’m excited to ruin JJ's face and I want to thank DAZN for giving me the platform to do so,” said Paul. “Last fight, KSI couldn’t beat me with only three months of training under my belt. For the past year, while JJ has been wasting his time trying to become a rapper, I’ve been training every single day. I’m finally getting what I wanted from the beginning — no headgear, 10-ounce gloves, and the opportunity to dismantle JJ’s repugnant face in Los Angeles, my home city.”