We have half of the year to go, and a number of social media’s best boxers have yet to fight one another with multiple big cards set to take place in the coming months
YouTube boxing appears to be here to stay, with a host of major events set to take place before the end of the year.
The trend of social media influencers taking to the ring to fight began in 2018 when KSI took on Joe Weller after a YouTube video where the Brighton native faced pal Theo Baker in a sparring match. The pair sold out London’s Copper Box Arena, and upgraded to the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena when KSI faced Logan Paul the following summer.
Since then, Logan and his brother Jake Paul have turned professional, as have AnEsonGib, Josh Brueckner and KSI, while a host of other major names made their ring debuts. The likes of Bryce Hall, KSI’s brother Deji and IDubbbz have all turned their social media fame into big-money boxing events, with fans now clamoring to see some major fights.
We took a look at a few bouts we’d love to see happen by year’s end…
1. Logan Paul vs Whindersson Nunes
Brazilian YouTube star Whindersson Nunes is one of the biggest social media stars in all of South America. Boasting well over 100million followers across his channels, he emerged as a possible opponent for the elder Paul brother after boxing former world champion Acelino Freitas.
Paul most recently faced Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition match, where he went the distance with the 50-0 boxing legend in Miami. No winner was decided in either of the influencers’ last fights, so they’ll both be pushing to get the first win of their careers.
There’s a pretty considerable size difference between Nunes and Paul which would have to be discussed, but this one is definitely realistic by the end of the year.
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2. KSI vs Alex Wassabi
KSI fights on August 27, and at the time of print no opponent has been named yet. Wassabi just defeated his little brother Deji in front of a packed out OVO Arena Wembley, and has been pushing for a fight with the older Olatunji since.
It remains to be seen if the American will be picked as KSI’s next opponent, with bigger names emerging as possible opponents in the meantime. But there is a lengthy rivalry between the pair that we feel must be settled in the ring.
There’s also a size difference in this fight, but Wassabi is a strong technical boxer and has admitted that he would be willing to move up. He canceled a planned June bout with Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr so that he could stay heavy in anticipation of the fight with KSI.
A big attraction point for KSI’s team is that Wassabi has recently joined up with Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions in an advisory capacity. The ultimate boxing goal for the Brit is to face Paul, but he needs a big win to get him there.
3. Austin McBroom vs AnEsonGib
Ace Family star McBroom brutalized Bryce Hall in his debut last summer, and emerged for a brief time as a candidate for KSI’s next boxing match. However, the fight never materialized as terms couldn’t be agreed on a contract.
Another fight that fans are desperate to see is McBroom against Brit AnEsonGib, who successfully returned to the ring last summer on his undercard against Tayler Holder. Gib had been humiliated in Miami against Jake Paul in his professional debut, and he returned to Florida to face Tik Tok star Holder as the underdog in many eyes.
But he managed to outbox Holder for the duration of the contest, dominating proceedings with his relentless pace. Now, he seems to be the perfect opponent for McBroom’s touted return to action.
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4. Slim Albaher vs Tayler Holder
The YouTube boxing scene’s boogeyman appears to be Brooklyn-born Yemeni influencer Slim Albaher. He brutalised Yusef ‘Fousey’ Erakat in 2019 to send a message, before being forced out of action for over a year by the coronavirus pandemic.
He returned with what was, at the time, a record knockout over N&A Productions, before viciously stopping 3Bidaan in his third fight. The knockout went viral online, and he has struggled to find a worthy opponent since returning to America from his Dubai excursion.
Could that man be Tayler Holder? Far and away one of the more skilful fighters in the space, Holder struggled under the lights against AnEsonGib. But he could be a nightmare match-up for Albaher if the bout can be made on a big name undercard in future.
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5. Deji vs Bryce Hall
As Conor McGregor famously said; “somebody’s 0 has got to go”. For Deji and Bryce Hall, that will be the 0 in their win column after racking up four losses between them.
Hall was left bloodied and beaten within three rounds by Austin McBroom in his sole fight last summer, while Deji has been stopped twice by Jake Paul and Vinnie Hacker, as well as losing a decision to Alex Wassabi.
This fight has been a meme for a long time, and Hall appears to now be angling for a meeting with One Direction’s Liam Payne instead. But in the real world, this one could actually be interesting.