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Boxing News at Five: UFC champ Miocic wants to fight Fury, and KSI vs. Paul was a hotter PPV than Joshua vs. Ruiz

Stipe Miocic
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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is more interested in Tyson Fury than Daniel Cormier, and KSI vs. Logan Paul II reportedly does big numbers in the UK

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is 1-1 with rival Daniel Cormier but suggests a boxing match against Tyson Fury is far more appealing to him at this point than settling the score with DC.

Reacting to Fury’s mention of him in a recent interview, Miocic has expressed an interest in granting the former heavyweight champion’s wish and says he would even be happy to meet him in the boxing ring as opposed to the UFC Octagon.

“Tyson Fury is coming in the mix now, I hear. I like a new challenge,” he told BJPenn.com. “I’d love to box him. He’s a great fighter. He’s a good dude, and I think we’d put on a good show.

“With DC, I didn’t fluke knock him out, I beat him. I decisively beat him. The first fight DC caught me with a punch in the first round. But [the] second fight I won. I didn’t get lucky.

“Right now, (a Cormier fight) doesn’t really intrigue me. More with the Tyson Fury, I like that.”

Coming as it does weeks after Tyson Fury lit up the WWE with a cameo appearance, and days after KSI and Logan Paul turned the fight world on its head with a six-round headliner, talk of Miocic and Fury meeting for a fight should come as no surprise. We have, it seems, entered a new realm, an alternate reality in which business sense rules common sense and where anything goes.

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Fury, The Greatest Showman (Action Images/REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Speaking of KSI and Logan Paul, Saturday’s (November 9) six-round main event at Staples Center, Los Angeles, may have irked the hardcore fraternity but it did, as expected, some healthy numbers on pay-per-view.

Or at least that’s the verdict from its promoter Eddie Hearn, who says, despite the backlash and sluggish ticket sales, KSI vs. Logan Paul II was a Box Office smash, by far and away the biggest success story for Sky Sports this calendar year.

“The first fight did 1.2m pay-per-view buys globally. This was much, much bigger this time around,” Hearn told Sirius XM’s Fight Nation.

“It’s the biggest pay-per-view in the UK of the year so far. That includes the first (Anthony) Joshua vs. (Andy) Ruiz Jr fight from America. This fight was cheaper, half the price of that.

“I believe DAZN will announce some numbers this week, but I understand it was the most-viewed fight on DAZN so far. It was a big subscription-driver as well.

“It wasn’t just those two key territories; it was all those other little territories. When we look at the breakdown on Fite TV, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Eastern Europe, Africa – it was everywhere.

“You don’t realise the audience these guys have. They brought our sport to reach new ground and reach new territories, new demographics and new markets.”

Though the fight didn’t start until five o’clock in the morning, UK time, it would seem plenty of people stayed up or woke up to see KSI and Paul settle their score. That’s good news for KSI and Logan Paul but means very little in terms of boxing’s popularity going forward into 2020.

It suggests a third fight between the pair, their second as ‘pros’, could be a lucrative avenue worth exploring, but does little for the future ticket sales or pay-per-view buys of Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney, who both appeared on the undercard.

Ultimately, when weighing up the pros and cons, we can say this much: it was a unanimous win for KSI and Logan Paul and YouTubers all around the world. It was their success story. Their breakthrough moment. Their party.

Boxing, on the other hand, was merely invited; used for its accommodation.

KSI and Paul provided sloppy technique but a fair bit of drama

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  • I agree with Elliot – the competition between these two YouTubers simply uses boxing to make them some money, it does nothing for boxing itself.
    KSI and Logan Paul are the “drivers” in these events and at the moment boxing is the “vehicle” – just as in F1 the focus of most fans’ interest is on the driver(s) and the vehicle plays a rather minor role.

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