Weighing In: KSI v Logan Paul


It feels surreal to think that by the end of this week, the world will have seen the biggest

internet event in history and to an even further extent – who really rules supreme on the

YouTube platform.

Yes, we are less than a week away from watching KSI, the self-proclaimed reigning ‘YouTube

Boxing Champion’ take on America’s biggest online personality Logan Paul, in a six-round

slug match in front of 21,000 people inside Manchester Arena, as well as millions around the

world watching via pay-per-view worldwide. The younger brothers of the pair, Deji (known

as ‘comedyshortsgamer’ online) and Jake Paul, will be fighting on the undercard of the

event, as well as FIVE other fights between martial artists, other YouTubers and Olympic

athletes.

For those not really in the know as to who these guys actually are – let me give you a small

breakdown:

KSI, or JJ Olatunji, is a British Youtuber, rapper, and gamer with a YouTube Channel

spanning as far back as 2009. In the eight and a half years since his channel was launched,

he now has 19,249,920 subscribers – making him the second most subscribed YouTuber in

the UK. Alongside his channel, JJ has released 3 EPs and seven individual singles as a music

artist. He came into the boxing scene when he fought fellow YouTuber Joe Weller at the

Copperbox Arena in London. 8,000 people watched the fight in the arena and more than

21,000,000 people watched it online – making it the biggest YouTube event to date. KSI

defeated Weller in the third round by way of T.K.O, and claiming the YouTube Boxing

Championship Belt. After the fight was decided and the celebrations were over, KSI called

out Jake and Logan Paul, for his next fight….

Logan Paul is an American actor, former wrestler and internet celebrity, launching his first

YT channel in 2013. It currently has 4.9 million subscribers, however, after he launched a

new daily vlogging channel in 2015, it’s safe to say he blew up. The vlogging channel

currently has 18,103,952 subscribers making him the biggest YT content creator in the US.

Logan first found fame however, on the video sharing platform Vine, a now defunct

platform. He has featured in TV series such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and

Weird Loners. He was due to make a cameo in the 2017 film Baywatch, but didn’t make the

final cut. More recently, he was caught up in worldwide criticism from one of his vlogs in

Japan where he filmed the body of a suicide victim in the Aokigahara Forest. Logan has since

sincerely apologised for the incident but many still berate him for it.

The younger siblings of the two, Deji and Jake, aren’t doing too badly themselves.

Deji’s channel, launched in 2011, currently has 9.4m subscribers. Jake Paul, who rose to fame from posting videos on Vine, and featuring on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark, currently has 16.4m subcribers on YouTube. The pair have been clashing since KSI called Jake out originally but Jake refused. Deji describes is as having to ‘step in’ and fight Jake himself.

Now – I’m going to be at the arena and I’m a bag of nerves, but also incredibly excited. A lot

of my elders have described me buying tickets for this battle royale as a ‘gimmick’ and a

‘waste of money’ – little do they know that history will be made that night. Online history,

yes, but history nonetheless. History that will be all over mainstream media the morning

after.

To round off this little pre-fight blog, I’m going to give you my predictions on the fights

between Deji and Jake, and of course, KSI vs Logan.

DEJI VS JAKE PAUL:

The videos that we have seen of Deji training will instill worry into his fans. In a sparring

video with his brother, he took one punch to the body and doubled over. Jake has picked up

on this and has belittled Deji for it in the press conferences and a ‘face-2-face’ video that the

pair featured in for promotion of the fight.

I hope this is