YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul are set to throw down in the boxing ring once more on November 9 – but not everyone is pleased with the rematch, which is taking social media beef to the next level by “going pro.”
Unlike their initial bout in August 2018, the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch will not feature any other YouTube stars on its undercard: instead, only professional fighters will be throwing down at the event, including British pro boxer Billy Joe Saunders defending his world super middleweight title.
Both KSI and Logan Paul are foregoing headgear, as well, giving their bout a major leg up – a development that boxing promoter Eddie Hearn claimed would help new faces see “the greatness of our sport.”
However, not everyone is pleased with this change, with some fans of the pro boxing scene confused and upset that two YouTubers are being featured in a professional bout – but Hearn claims that the backlash isn’t bothering him, and even claims to love the controversy.
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“I love it,” Hearn said of the criticism. “In fact, it makes me really horny, the more stick I get. …just, I love it. I feel great. I mean, I love the fact that it winds people up. They’re so, sort of narrow-minded and unintelligent to see division.”
KSI and Logan Paul may not be the only YouTubers fighting on the card, however: Team 10 co-founder Jake Paul has reportedly secured a professional boxing license to take part in the event, leading some fans to question if he’ll finally throw down with MMA fighter Dillon Danis to end their long-running beef.
The highly-anticipated rematch will take place at the Los Angeles Staples Center on November 9, with live streaming provided by sports broadcasting site DAZN, rather than YouTube, itself.
Although now on pre-sale, in-person tickets for the bout will go live on September 14 – the very same day as the fight’s press conference, which KSI claimed might take a different turn from their heated conference in 2018.
With both Logan and Jake Paul hoping to pursue careers in professional fighting, their participation in a pro boxing card could mean a major change of pace for the YouTubers – and with just two months left before the rematch goes live, there’s no telling how YouTube’s highly anticipated rematch will pan out.