08 November 2019 20:36
All eyes will be on Los Angeles on Saturday night for KSI v Logan Paul part deux. Something about this, a landmark boxing match featuring no professional boxers, feels entirely befitting of modern society. KSI vs Logan Paull II UK press conference Show all 26 left Created with Sketch. A telling development this time is that KSI and Paul headline a legitimate boxing card and will follow a world title fight. Unbeaten British fighter Billy Joe Saunders will be defending his WBO super-middleweight championship belt against Argentine Marcello Esteban Coceres.
While Saunders has no qualms about fighting on the undercard of two YouTubers – "If I can nick maybe 5,000 new fans then financially it's a pretty good bill to be on" – other boxers are wary of where this might put them on the food chain. Matchmaking in modern boxing has been about weighing up profile and pedigree, and while Floyd Mayweather versus Connor McGregor nudged it towards the former, KSI-Logan Paul has sizeably tilted it away from the latter. Sports need to evolve and younger fighters coming through will now be more aware of the power of Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to build a robust brand and make themselves attractive to promoters. With over 40 million subscribers between them, KSI vs Logan Paul 2 is set to ignite the world when the two YouTubers fight at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, this Saturday at 8pm local time. KSI and Logan Paul's last meme-fueled bout ended in a majority draw.
Londoner Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO super middleweight title at around 2am GMT, just prior to American lightweight Devin Haney, billed as 'the next Floyd Mayweather Jr.' You can still book and watch KSI vs Logan Paul 2 on your PC/desktop/Mac, NOW TV Box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet. You can watch the biggest boxing fights live through the Now TV Smart Stick – just download the Sky Sports Box Office app and pay-per-view. Download the Sky Sports Box Office app (iOS/Android) and log in to watch there. You can also watch online through the Sky Sports Box Office website. If you don't have a Box Office account, you'll be able to sign up and buy the fight. Visit Sky Sports Box Office to sign up and pay. Watch KSI v Logan Paul 2 live stream from abroad using a VPN Even if you've paid to watch KSI v Logan Paul 2, trying to access streams from outside your territory – if you're on holiday or working abroad, for example – is a problem. VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Once you've made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you'd like to use to watch the fight. Watch KSI vs Logan Paul 2 in the USA Fight fans in the USA can watch the action online via DAZN, a global sports live streaming service. KSI vs Logan Paul 2: the card for Saturday 9th November KSI vs Logan Paul (Cruiserweight) With a combined following of over 40 million subscribers on YouTube, Logan Paul and Olajide "JJ" Olatunji (better known as KSI) have each looked at Saturday's six-round cruiserweight bout in Los Angeles (9 p.m. ET, DAZN) as an opportunity to settle a grudge and launch the winner closer to his dream of becoming the biggest entertainer in the world. Subscribe to our podcast--State of Combat with Brian Campbell--where we take an in-depth look at the world of boxing each week, including a preview of KSI-Logan Paul below. Only in the carnival world of the fight game could a professional event involving celebrity amateurs take over top billing as a virtual pay-per-view main event in 2019--and force actual professionals to want to be part of it. That's what will take place at the Staples Center when this Matchroom Sport-promoted card will feature super middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders and welterweight champion Devin Haney on the undercard. KSI, a 26-year-old native of London who has also dabbled in both gaming and hip hop, chose to settle a grudge with fellow British YouTube Joe Weller in a 2017 amateur boxing match that drew 1.6 million live viewers and 21 million in the first day alone on YouTube. Following his third-round TKO win, KSI called out Paul, the 24-year-old from Westlake, Ohio. Paul, an aspiring actor who has drawn plenty of controversy for the content of his YouTube clips, claimed the feud never became personal until the press conference ahead of their August 2018 amateur bout in Manchester, England, when KSI heckled him on a personal issue the two had agreed would be off the record publicly. Their six-round bout headlined a sold-out card at Manchester Arena comprising of fellow YouTube stars, including a match between the younger brothers of the main eventers. Maybe even more importantly as to how we got to Saturday, the fighters also showed a great amount of respect for the sport with a performance that looked like anything but the kind of toughman contest or celebrity boxing shown previously on American television. "We absolutely did shock the world," Paul told CBS Sports' "State of Combat" podcast last month. "When you hear a YouTuber fight is going to be taking place, you think it's going to be some kind of circus pony and horse act, but we literally trained for six months straight, two times a day, and came out and looked like an actual fighter." The initial reaction within the boxing world when the fight was announced was split. "I'm getting it from both sides and a lot of people think this is ridiculous because they have trained all of their lives to get to this point and we just skipped and have gone straight to the top point," KSI told CBS Sports last week. For everything the fighters have done to act the part of professional to gain respect from the boxing regime (and make their version of celebrity fighting look anything but amateur), they have done just as much to ruin said goodwill. KSI mocked Paul's dead dog during the initial press conference (streamed live on DAZN) to announce the fight. "Getting out of hand some the shit I am seeing and reading these YouTubers say about professional boxing," former junior middleweight champion Liam Smith wrote on social media. "I definitely play the villain online except in this fight, I think it's safe to say KSI is also a villain. DAZN, the all-sports streaming app which has spent hundreds of millions to disrupt the boxing market by signing big stars and announcing it has "killed PPV," believes broadcasting the fight will be a big boon to subscription. Both fighters have revealed talks about future fights on DAZN provided Saturday's rematch does well. Paul, who was an accomplished amateur wrestler, is also hoping the attention he gets leads to his dream of fighting in the UFC. It's not like a normal boxing fight where you fight and win or that's it and nothing else really happens. Paul established himself as the more credible boxer last August but gave KSI respect for rallying by turning the bout into more of a brawl. "Imagine two villains with the biggest egos in the world going head to head where their first match was a tie," Paul said.