YouTube heavyweights given for boxing fighting

Image caption KSI( left) and Logan Paul evidenced off their physiques at the weigh-in on Friday

KSI and Logan Paul, YouTube stars with 37 million subscribers between them, will take their beef into the boxing echoing on Saturday for a fight legislation as “the biggest event in internet history”.

KSI or Logan Paul?

YouTube followers around the world have chosen whose area “theyre on”, and will be watching when the pair of social media heavyweights step into the ring at Manchester Arena.

Both are wildly favourite, both are massively contentious, both have highly controversial pasts.

Who are KSI and Logan Paul?

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KSI is the brash 25 -year-old British gamer, slapstick vlogger and rapper whose videos have racked up 4.4 billion views despite heavy analysi for lewd commentaries towards women in some of his clips.

Logan Paul is the 23 -year-old US prankster( and former state wrestler) who became his identify on Vine before moving to YouTube, where he’s had 3.9 billion views, and who caused anger the beginning of this year for showing their own bodies of an evident suicide casualty in Japan.

Both have fostered a frenzied online squabble in order to hype up this bout, which will be streamed pay-per-view on YouTube.

Their brethren Jake Paul( 4.9 billion views) and Deji( 3.3 billion) will oppose on the undercard.

A chance for atonement? What KSI and Logan say

Image caption Logan apparently fed KSI chewing gum at the weigh-in

Both seem to have largely shrugged off their disagreements, but the fight will be seen by some as a behavior to prop up, and cash in on, their careers.

Asked by BBC News whether he’s hoping to exchange himself, Logan says: “I don’t think this is the redemption. I think it may tag a part of it, but by no means is this fight a atonement for my mistake that happened in January.

“But I think it is an opportunity to for me to have taken a step back from the internet and centre my endeavours elsewhere, and it’s an opportunity for me to show the world a new form of Logan Paul , not just silly internet vlog boy.”

KSI, when asked whether he has sadness about his past action, tells BBC News: “I obviously have dejections for some of the things I’ve said and done, but you know, I’m a human being and human beings stimulate mistakes.

“Because it’s me, it’s showcased all over the internet, but that’s just how it is.”

What the love are saying

Social media can be a pugnacious place, so perhaps it’s logical for social celebrities to take their aggression a into the real world.

At one of KSI’s training sessions in Manchester before the fight, devotee Shaf Miah, 25, from London, says the white-collar amateur bout is “the next degree of internet beef”.

He says: “If you read remarks[ on YouTube ], people want to physically reached person if they don’t like them or if they’ve done something annoying. And to picture their favourite YouTuber do it for them, they’re certainly going to pay money to watch it.”

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Media captionHow Logan and Jake Paul became social media superstars

Michael Zepeda, 21, has come from LA for the fight. “They’ve both got a lot of readers, they both get a lot of views, ” he says. “Everybody wants to watch.

“I want to see Logan get his ass beat. He deserves it. He’s done numerous messed up concepts for looks. He intersected that position, definitely.”

CJ Melia, 21, has travelled to Manchester from Dublin. “I cannot wait, ” he says. “I’m so excited for this. I’ve been watching KSI for about nine years. He’s the reason I started my first YouTube channel eight years ago.

“I never thought something like this would happen. This is the biggest event YouTube has ever done.”

What the pros are saying

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Media captionTyson Fury has a few contemplates

How the contest came about

This all started when two other YouTubers – Joe Weller and Theo Baker, AKA Malfoy – went into the ring last year, and KSI said he would fight the winner.

KSI took on Weller at the Copper Box Arena in London in February, and triumphed. That was streamed live on YouTube for free, with 1.8 million people watching lives and 36 million more see on the pair’s official canals since.

Weller has five million subscribers to Logan Paul’s 18 million. Saturday’s pushed is likely to be much bigger – but this time, punters have to pay PS7. 50 to watch.

The biggest event in internet biography?


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might have something to say about that. Their 2011 marry holds the Guinness World Record for the most live creek for a single incident, at 72 million – although that clearly wasn’t a product of the online world-wide, as this fight is.

YouTuber Jordan Antle, who goes by the identify TheFearRaiser, says the fight’s statute is not over the top. “This is a massive event and I would definitely say this is going to be one of the most difficult internet events so far in record, ” he tells BBC News.

“Seeing two YouTubers who have a large fanbase engaging each other live in front of millions of people in unheard of. It’s a really strange combination of two worlds and it’s attracting a lot of attention because of how different it is.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jake Paul has also tried football, playing in a donation competitor in Houston in December

KSI and the Paul friends have certainly been doing the very best to flog their devotees into a frenzy.

Insult-filled videos and diss racetracks have flown backward and forward, and ill-tempered press conferences has occurred in Los Angeles and London.

And on Wednesday, Deji turned up unannounced at the Pauls’ training gym in Manchester and culminated up get a smacking from Jake.

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