KSI returns to boxing this weekend for a double-header against rapper Swarmz and a Mexican pro, but why is the YouTube star fighting TWICE? And what significance does Saturday’s event at the O2 have?
- YouTuber KSI is gearing up for his return to the boxing ring on Saturday night
- The social-media sensation has not competed since his 2019 win vs Logan Paul
- But he will face two opponents in a comeback event at the O2 this weekend
- Rapper Swarmz and Mexican pro Luis Alcaraz Pinedia are both taking KSI on
- So why is the British star fighting a double-header on his return to the ring?
YouTube star KSI returns to the boxing ring this weekend three years since his last contest – as he prepares to face TWO opponents on the very same night.
KSI, real name Olajide Olatunji, has not laced up a pair of gloves since his professional debut against fellow social-media personality Logan Paul in 2019, a bout he prevailed in via split decision.
The online sensation will be hoping to triumph once more in his comeback outing at London’s O2 Arena, where he is set to face rapper Swarmz and Mexican professional boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda in a double-header.
But why is KSI taking on two opponents? And what significance does the event have? Sportsmail are on hand with the answers.
YouTuber KSI returns to boxing for a double-header on Saturday three years since his last bout
Why the double-header?
KSI was originally due to take on Alex Wassabi this weekend, only for his fellow YouTuber and bitter rival to pull out of the grudge match through injury.
Many felt the Brit would simply replace him with another opponent, yet instead he has decided to draft in both Swarmz and Pineda in an unusual double-header.
Swarmz was initially named as Wassabi’s replacement, only for fans to hit out at the English rapper and former semi-pro footballer as an opponent choice online.
Following the criticism, KSI and his management team decided to install a second opponent, which was originally Bulgarian professional fighter Ivan Nikolov.
KSI was originally due to face fellow YouTuber Alex Wassabi (L) before he picked up an injury
The Brit has decided to replace him with two opponents after criticism over his first choice
However, Nikolov was later removed from the event after it was discovered that he has neo-Nazi tattoos and white supremacist beliefs.
Pineda, with a record of 2-5, was therefore called up, and the 23-year-old will end the card in the main event against KSI after he first takes on Swarmz.
‘I replaced my second opponent because… he’s a white supremacist,’ KSI revealed. ‘Ivan isn’t my opponent anymore. He has been removed.
‘The matchmaker also got fired for allowing this to happen in the first place. But yes, my new opponent is Luis Alcarez Pineda. He has a better record to be honest, 2-5, so he hasn’t lost as many times as Ivan. He’s Mexican, younger as well, 23.’
He will hope to pick up a double victory on Saturday night and tee up a fight with Jake Paul
Why has KSI ventured into boxing?
After amateur bouts against Joe Weller and Logan Paul, KSI made the step up and competed professionally in his rematch win over the latter.
The pair earned upwards of £1million each for the fight, which was promoted by Eddie Hearn, after spotting a rewarding gap in the combat-sports market.
YouTube boxing has since taken off, with Logan’s brother Jake making plenty of waves after picking up wins over former UFC stars Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.
KSI has made no secret of his desire to lock horns with the younger Paul brother, whom he does not see eye-to-eye with – so expect him to throw down the gauntlet for a lucrative showdown with Jake if he emerges victorious from Saturday’s double header.
KSI is desperate to face Paul (pictured) after getting the better of his brother back in 2019
What time is the double-header and how can I watch?
- KSI will get the ball rolling against Swarmz at 7.10pm on Saturday night
- He is then scheduled to close the show against Pineda at around 10pm BST
- In between the two bouts, six undercard contests will take place at the O2
- The event will be shown live on DAZN PPV in the UK this weekend
- Viewers will have to fork out £11.99 on top of their £7.99 monthly subscription fee
- It can be streamed via the DAZN app, which is available on mobile and tablets
KSI vs Swarmz/Pineda full card
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- Salt Papi vs Andy Warski
- King Kenny vs Faze Sensei
- KSI vs Luis Alcaraz Pineda (Main Event)