One of the most eagerly-awaited boxing matches of the year arrives on Saturday night, as YouTuber KSI takes on former Love Island star Tommy Fury. We’ve previewed the contest and given you our prediction of how it might just go down…
When I stated this fight has been one of the most eagerly-awaited fights in boxing this year, I clearly wasn’t referring to serious fight fans.
However, this kind of novelty, exhibition style entertainment shows no signs of abating anytime soon and anything that keeps boxing in the public eye is fair game in my book.
Not that I’ve been a fan of some of the pre-fight shenanigans this fight week, which have been pretty distasteful to say the least.
On to the fight and ‘ The Nightmare’ KSI (real name Olajide Olayinka Williams “JJ” Olatunji), takes on Tommy ‘TNT’ Fury over six rounds, for the bragging rights and as seen this promotional video, for potentially the future of YouTube boxing.
The ‘undefeated king of YouTube boxing’ has an unblemished record of 4-0, after his last fight against Joe Fournier was ruled a no-contest due to the use of an elbow.
Wins over fellow Youtuber Logan Paul (fighting on this very undercard), as well as rappers and gamers are all very well and good, but this time he lines up against an actual professional (if novice) boxer, with his ‘legacy’ on the line.
Tommy Fury (9-0-0(4KO)) is a well known face in the UK, half-brother of Tyson and son of John, he traded in a promising looking professional boxing career at a young age to go on the reality show Love Island, where he met his current partner and mother of his child Bambi, Molly-Mae. He has also starred in the popular Netflix documentary At Home with the Furys.
In between the two, Fury found time to strap his gloves back on and defeat another YouTube sensation in Jake Paul (Logan’s younger brother), although the fight was far from comprehensive, with the 24-year-old Mancunian touching the canvas after a slip.
Fury famously vowed to end YouTube boxing during his fight with Paul, can he now put another nail in the coffin with a win over his rival KSI?
Where and when is the fight taking place?
The fight is happening at the AO Arena in Manchester, on Saturday 14th October and will be broadcast live and exclusively on DAZN PPV (£19.95) in the UK.
The event is a promotion for the KSI-owned Misfits Boxing, with the show starting at 7pm and the main ring walk due to take place at around 11.25pm UK time.
What does the full fight card look like?
MAIN EVENT: KSI vs Tommy Fury
Logan Paul vs Dillon Danis
Salt Papi vs Slim Albaher
Deen the Great vs Walid Sharks
King Kenny vs Anthony Taylor
Whindersson Nunes vs My Mate Nate
Wassabi LMAO (Alex Wassabi & NichLmao) vs Los Pineda Coladas (Luis Alcaraz Pineda & BDave) – tag team match
Swarmz vs Ryan Taylor
Astrid Wett vs Alexia Grace
S-X vs DTG
Chase DeMoor vs Tempo Arts
(Subject to change)
Who’s the favourite?
Betfred have Tommy Fury as a fairly sizeable 1/3 favourite for this fight, with KSI a 5/2 shot. If you fancy the fight to be close, the draw is available at 12/1.
What’s been said?
Anthony Crolla met with Dom McGuinness on Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing show to break down how the fight might go down. He thinks that Tommy Fury may get a stoppage on the night.
“He will feel the pressure way more than again Jake Paul. I’m very intense and I show it in the ring.
Tommy was able to walk after the fight with Jake. Tommy won’t be walking after fighting me, no man does.”
“I’ve already beaten Jake Paul and so all that is left for me to do is send this man to sleep.
I’ll do that inside four rounds. This is easy money.”
Tommy Fury to win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision – 11/10
I don’t profess to be a big follower of YouTube boxing but I’ve been seen enough proper boxing over the last 44 years to know a boxer when I see one and KSI isn’t that. Yes he looks fairly heavy handed but he is raw to the extreme and his style is so easy to pick off.
If Tommy Fury has any hopes of taking his boxing career past these novelty fights and arranging some serious bouts, then he has to think about ending this one and in double quick time.
With the fight being an even shorter one than the Jake Paul fight at just six rounds, it could be a stretch but I think Fury will come out looking for the knockout and will probably get it.
Tommy Fury to win in Rounds 5-6 – 9/2
I expect the first couple of rounds to be cagey in the extreme. Despite what KSI may say in public, he isn’t going to come out gung ho and attempt to throw pressure on from the first bell, if he does he could go to sleep even sooner.
I think Tommy will box behind the jab, use his superior boxing skills and then eventually unload to the head and body in the middle rounds.
I like his chances of ending the fight in the last couple of rounds and putting a nail in the coffin of YouTube boxing.
Enjoy the fight!
*All prices correct at the time of writing.