KSI vs Logan Paul: all fun and games or another dangerous publicity stunt?
YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul will take to the ring this Saturday to finally come to blows over their virtual feud. After Olajide KSI Olatunji (known as KSI to his fans) called out the Paul family back in February for their raucous internet behaviour, they both agreed to settle the dispute with a highly-anticipated boxing match.
US Influencer, Logan Paul, has certainly had a questionable year. From the idiotic upload of a video containing a suicide victim to frequently thrusting himself under the spotlight with yet another controversial upload, he's been the talk of the globe in 2018. Logan Paul and his challenger KSI have an impressive combined following of over 37 million dedicated YouTube subscribers and the fight is set to attract viewers from all over the world. The fight perhaps has even more spice to it, after Logan Paul walked out of the press conference promoting his bout with KSI, as his fellow YouTube star launched into attacks on Paul’s father and girlfriend.
When KSI challenged YouTuber, Joe Weller, earlier in the year, their venue of choice, London’s Copper Box Arena, maxed out its capacity at 7,500 to witness the fight. Logan Paul and KSI are set to fight in Manchester arena - a formidable site with the aptitude to hold up to 21,000 attendees. Official ticket prices start at £35, with VIP packages up for grabs for a mind-bending £515. While these are the fees offered by authorised sales sites, rumour has it fans are paying up to £600 to get their hands on one of the tickets.
Leveraging the platform where they first made a name for themselves, the pair have signed contracts with YouTube that has allowed the site the rights to stream the fight. For a modest - and yet to those who couldn’t care less - the price of £7.50, you can (legally) watch the streamed fight online and join the millions of anticipated viewers endorse two of YouTube's most famous faces scrapping over a few choice words.
Logan Paul has ‘set all jokes aside’ and predicted that the fight will be ‘the biggest event in the history of the internet’. It’ll be surprising if you’re able to avoid the winner’s inevitable social media celebrations that will spam every corner of the internet for months to come. For the winner, ultimate glory over their fiercest rival, for the loser, their pride will be severely dented. If that's not enough to keep you entertained, Jake Paul (Logan's brother) and Deji (KSI's brother) will also take to the ring to settle their differences, a fight that seems to have been overshadowed by the main event.
Will you be tuning in?! For their fans and the YouTube community, this is one of the most anticipated events of 2018.