Issue | News | Premium | Oct 07 2019

Down the Tube: KSI and Logan Paul go pro

YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul turning pro to have a boxing match in Los Angeles on November 9 is merely a sign of the times, writes Elliot Worsell

TWO famous people want to have a boxing match and boxing, rather than show them the door, the rulebook or the back of its hand, will once again spread its legs, roll out the red carpet and allow them to do their worst at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, on November 9.

Two years after Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor took us for an expensive ride in Las Vegas, YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul are set for a professional boxing match and there’s nothing you, I or anybody else can do to stop it.

Conor McGregor
Mayweather vs. McGregor was unusual to say the least (Esther Lin/Showtime)

Paul, according to Wikipedia, which is as far as my research will stretch, is “an American internet personality, actor, director and musician. He first gained fame through videos shared on former internet video service Vine, later moving to Facebook and YouTube after the platform’s shutdown.” KSI, meanwhile, can be summed up as follows: “Olajide William ‘JJ’ Olatunji, better known as KSI, a shortened version of his online alias KSIOlajideBT, is a British YouTuber, internet personality, actor, rapper and professional boxer.”