LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – YouTube celebrities Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji and Logan Paul each predicted victory of their bout in Los Angeles this weekend as they seemed at a information convention on Thursday that ended with the warring parties shoving every different.
The net personalities, who boast 20 million YouTube subscribers every, fought to a draw at Manchester Enviornment in August 2018 prior to putting in a rematch this is anticipated to promote out the 21,000-seat Staples Middle.
Neither guy has a lot boxing revel in however because of their huge reputation the California State Athletic Fee sanctioned the battle, which promoters hope will introduce the game to a brand new demographic.
Boxing purists have stated the battle is an over-hyped farce. Saturday’s undercard options main skilled boxers together with Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney.
The KSI-Paul battle is scheduled for 6 rounds and, in contrast to of their earlier assembly, they’re going to put on lighter gloves and forego protecting headgear.
Briton KSI, 26, is a rapper and gamer who knocked out YouTuber Joe Weller in February final 12 months. He then known as out Logan and his brother Jake.
“I’m a canine, I’m a fighter, I at all times ensure that I shield what’s rightfully mine. That is my legacy,” KSI advised Paul at Thursday’s information convention.
“I’m going to wreck you. The entirety I do could have intent and you are going to understand that and you are going to really feel that.”
Paul, 24, rose to on-line repute by way of quick comedy movies however final 12 months was once embroiled in controversy that seemed love it may threaten his profession and stated he was once combating for “redemption.”
The American got here underneath fireplace for posting a video of an obvious suicide sufferer in Japan in early 2018 and making jokes about it. He later took the video down and apologized.
“It is a non-public factor for me. I no doubt wish to cross available in the market and safe the victory in violent style for my buddies, my circle of relatives, my enthusiasts and everybody who’s going to be on the Staples Middle,” he stated.
“However to be truthful KSI simply occurs to be the fellow within the ring for me. That is the top of a redemption arc that has modified my existence so, for me, the one demon I’m combating within the ring is myself.”