KSI v Logan Paul II: What does YouTubers’ professional fight mean for boxing?


BBC Sport challenges three beginner boxers to train like KSI ahead of his rematch with LP.

Most professional boxers will begin their careers in front of a handful of people at obscure leisure centres. KSI and Logan Paul are not most professional boxers.

On Saturday night, the YouTubers – combined following 40 million – will fight in front of an expected sell-out crowd of 21,000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA. Millions more will watch on pay-per view television.

It is not the first time they have fought – their first contest, at Manchester Arena in August 2018, ended in a draw.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is among those who believe the rematch is a huge opportunity for the sport of boxing, though others are less convinced.

Here Hearn, pundit Steve Bunce and fighter-turned-trainer Jamie Moore answer the question: what does KSI v Logan Paul II mean for boxing?

A new audience, a new opportunity

KSI and Logan Paul have a combined YouTube following of 40 million

It was reported Britain’s KSI, 26, could have earned more than £80m