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Eddie Hearn hints multiple celebrities want to fight KSI & Logan Paul

Published: 15/Nov/2019 19:06 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 18:11

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul settled their grudge once and for all in the boxing ring on November 9. However, it doesn’t look like their fighting careers are ending anytime soon, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

While the two YouTubers claimed their beef is officially over, other major names in the entertainment biz are looking to throw down with the internet stars in wake of their massive boxing event.

According to a statement from Hearn provided by Sky Sports Boxing, a number of A-list celebrities are chomping at the bit for a chance at taking on both KSI and Logan Paul – some of whom could prove a major threat in the ring.

TheBreadBatch, InstagramKSI took the victory over rival Logan Paul by split-decision from the judges on November 9.

“Five or six calls this week from probably the highest-profile people in their fields,” Hearn admitted in the aftermath of the viral rematch. “Sports, music, acting – who don’t say anything but, ‘Can I fight the winner?’ So now, we have to look at that. By the way, two or three of them can really fight.”

As for the celebs in question, Hearn claimed that he’d “promised” he wouldn’t let their names slip – but one top fighter has made it very clear that he’s up for the challenge.

Professional boxer Tommy Fury presented an open challenge to KSI during a November 11 press conference with BT Boxing, calling for a duel between two British boxers.

“I’ve heard he wants to continue fighting, so if he wants a real fight, he knows where I am,” Fury asserted. “I’m saying to KSI, if you want it, you know where it is. I’m young and we are both from that influencing world – he is from YouTube, I am from Love Island. We both have a great following here in the UK. Why not make it a battle of Britain?”

While Fury may be a professional fighter, celebs like Justin Bieber have likewise been involved in the KSI vs LP narrative – and although he hasn’t issued an official challenge, KSI claims that a fight with the celeb would end in Bieber getting “destroyed.”

For now, it looks like KSI is resting up, although Logan Paul is open to bouts with pro MMA fighters following his boxing loss.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”