Following Jake Paul’s Loss, is KSI Boxing’s Biggest Asset?
Jake Paul recently fought and lost against Tommy Fury in a professional boxing match in February that was dubbed The Truth.
The event took place on Sunday, February 26th, at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah. Since losing the fight, does that mean that KSI is now boxing’s biggest asset? Find out more right here.
Who is KSI?
Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji (better known as KSI) is a 29-year-old professional boxer, YouTube personality, gamer, actor, songwriter, and rapper. His YouTube channel has over 24 million subscribers, and his videos have been seen over a billion times!
Nicknamed The Nightmare, KSI was born in London, England, in June 1993, and he is known by many as being part of the associated Sidemen act. Throughout his varied career, he has been nominated for and won numerous creator awards, some of which include the following:
- 2016 – NME Awards – Vlogger of the Year
- 2020 – Amazon Music UK – Best Song (‘Lighter,’ shared with Nathan Dawe)
- 2022 – Rated Awards – Personality of the Year
He has also been nominated for awards at several other notable events, such as the Shorty Awards, British Book Awards, MOBO Awards, Global Awards, The BRIT Awards, ESPN Ringside Awards, MTV Awards, and MTV Europe Music Awards, to name a few.
When did KSI get into boxing?
His first amateur fight was against rival YouTube star Joe Weller in February 2018, which KSI won by technical knockout in the third round after just 1 minute and 37 seconds.
Immediately after the fight, he called out retired English Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand and the two American YouTubers Jake Paul and his brother Logan.
He eventually went on to fight Logan Paul in a white-collar amateur boxing match, which ended in a majority draw on points. It took more than a year for there to be a rematch, which was held in November 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
This time, it was a professional bout, which meant that no headgear was used. The tie ended with KSI beating Paul via a split decision. He has also fought against and beat Swarmz (Brandon Scott), Alcaraz Pineda, and FaZe Clan founder FaZe Temperrr.
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Is KSI now boxing’s biggest asset now that Jake Paul is out of the picture?
According to recent reports, KSI has turned down a $30 million offer from Jake Paul (aka the Problem Child) for a rematch. Instead, KSI is focusing on his upcoming exhibition crossover boxing match against Joe Fournier as part of X Series 007.
The $10 million bout is scheduled to take place on May 13th, 2023, in London, England, at the iconic Wembley Arena. Joe Fournier is a professional boxer and British businessman. If he beats Fournier, he will no doubt immediately start looking for other candidates to fight in the future.
KSI bouts tend to generate a lot of money. People want to see him win, and he has a huge following, so you could say that he is easily the biggest ‘British’ asset in the sport today.
Can KSI defeat Fournier?
To understand just how likely KSI can beat Fournier in the upcoming bout, the best thing to do would be to check the latest odds. For example, you will see that at most sites, KSI is the current odds-on favourite to win the bout outright.
He has a 75% implied probability rate of winning, and when you convert this into odds, it’s the same as saying 1/2 in UK fractional odds, 1.33 in European decimal odds, and -300 in American/moneyline odds.
For Joe Fournier to win, you are currently looking at 12/5 in fractional odds, 2.4 in decimal odds, or 240 in American/moneyline odds. In other words, he only has a 29.50 chance of winning.
Despite the odds being overwhelmingly in favour of KSI to beat Fournier, don’t forget that no bet is guaranteed. However, it’s definitely looking like he will win the bout, so it’s a much safer bet than Fournier, especially with these odds.
The last thing to remember is that the odds are subject to change a great deal from the moment they are released until the moment the event begins.
Therefore, you should always keep your eye on the odds and stay up to date with the latest KSI/Fournier news to help you place more strategic bets.
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