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KSI V JAKE PAUL NEXT? IS YOUTUBE BOXING HERE TO STAY?

Following the huge success of KSI v Logan Paul 1, it was only a matter of time until a promoter swooped in and got in on the action of ‘YouTube’ boxing. And in 2019 Eddie Hearn and Matchroom USA did just that and convinced both men to ditch the head guards and turn professional, signing both men to a lucrative deal for a rematch to be staged on the newly launched streaming platform DAZN.

 The Staples Center was packed with a whole new audience that saw KSI defeat Logan Paul in the rematch via a split decision, at that moment we all knew YouTube boxing was here to stay …much to the disappointment of many hard-core boxing fans. Many boxing fans and fighters have taken issue with the exposure these ‘gimmick’ fights are getting and believe they are taking away opportunities from ‘real’ fighters.

Nevertheless last night we witnessed Jake Paul (younger brother of Logan Paul) stop fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in just one round, after dropping Gib twice and stunning him a third time the writing was on the wall and the referee waved of the contest. Immediately in the aftermath, Jake Paul wasted no time in calling out KSI which led to a heated exchange between both men.

After already defeating the older Paul brother it’s hard to imagine KSI turning this fight down. There will be huge demand from the YouTube audience to see this fight happen and following the subscription numbers DAZN achieved for KSI-Logan Paul they will most definitely push for this fight to be made.

Eddie Hearn has been on record during an interview with IFL TV confirming his intentions to stage two or three of these type of fights a year, confirming the possibility of a Logan Paul v Antonio Brown match up in the summer.

So what do you the fans think? Do you want to see more of these YouTube-style matchups? Is a new audience good for the sport? Does the new audience benefit ‘real’ professional boxers?

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