Quick Bit: From YouTube to the boxing ring, there is a lot of tension between Jake Paul and KSI. Will that result in the two fighting one another inside a boxing ring?
Two of YouTube’s biggest stars-turned-boxers have continued their war of words on Twitter. This time, it is about their upcoming boxing bouts. Will the latest argument between the two bring them one step closer to finally facing off against one another?
Paul will fight Hasim Rahman Jr. on August 6 inside Madison Square Garden. Main eventing the show in New York, the price for the event on Showtime pay-per-view is $59.99. Meanwhile. KSI will fight fellow YouTuber Alex Wassabi on August 27 inside the O2 Arena in London. That will be under the DAZN pay-per-view format.
It appears that their recent Twitter beef first started on PPV price and escalated to relevance.
Why are Jake Paul and KSI fighting on Twitter?
Looking to promote his upcoming fight, Paul has gone on social media and has offered fans money to retweet a post of his. KSI called him desperate and that he had to pay to create hype for the fight. Paul sarcastically congratulated KSI for winning the contest, and KSI said that his event inside MSG isn’t selling.
Paul, who has over 20.4 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, talked about how he made $45 million last year while KSI stuck with YouTube. KSI has over 15.6 million subscribers on his main page.
KSI took the bait and opted to fire back, defending his status while reminding Jake where he came from.
“Na you still don’t get it. You didn’t care about the platform that made you who you are. Constantly denouncing it. I never did. I’m happy to say I’m a YouTuber to this day because now I can do/be whatever I want. I’m thinking long term my guy. You failed at this.”
Paul diminishing YouTube followers ended up riling fans up, as they brought up past tweets where Paul himself referenced YouTube subscriber counts. KSI then brought up all of his channels that have made him successful while still dismissing Paul’s selling ability. Things further escalated when Paul brought up that KSI’s team reached out to him to help promote KSI’s fight. He also said he advises Wassabi.
Jake Paul vs. KSI rivalry
KSI began his amateur boxing career in 2018, beating fellow YouTuber Joe Weller via TKO. Following the bout, he called out Jake and his brother Logan for a fight. Jake was meant to face KSI. He ended up posting tweets mocking KSI following the callout. The two also created YouTube videos that reached millions of people each. Jake’s video talking about KSI challenging him has over 5 million views, while KSI’s video calling out Paul has over 2 million views.
Logan would be the one to fight KSI instead.
Leading up to the 2018 amateur bout, KSI and his brother Deji mocked the Paul brothers and defaced their cars. Inside Manchester Arena, Jake beat Deji while KSI and Logan fought to a majority decision draw. Not long after, Matchroom Boxing picked up on the KSI-Logan Paul rivalry, and the two main evented a boxing card inside Staples Center. KSI would beat Paul via split decision.
Both have gone their separate ways since. Paul has a pro record of 5-0, beating the likes of AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson, Ben Askren, and Tyron Woodley. KSI was supposed to fight Austin McBroom at one point, something that did not sit well with Jake, given their history.
“Lol. KSI immediately jumping at the opportunity to fight Austin. I guess “music tours” and “COVID” were only in the way of him fighting me.”
Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr.
On August 6, Paul faces off against Rahman in New York. The son of former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, Rahman Jr. (12-1) made his pro debut in 2017. He won three fights in 2021, two of them via knockout. Rahman’s last fight was a TKO loss against James McKenzie Morrison in April.
When is Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr.?
Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)
Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano return to the ring on August 6. The main card is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Paul and Rahman should make their way to the ring around 11:30 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr.
Fans can watch Jake Paul’s return via Showtime pay-per-view. You can stream on Showtime via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, your laptop, and any mobile or tablet device.
Jake Paul vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. PPV price: How much does the fight cost?
The fight will cost $59.99 on Showtime pay-per-view.
KSI vs. Alex Wassabi
KSI’s fight card will feature several social media stars and rappers. Wassabi is also a YouTuber. He fought Deji, KSI’s brother, in March. Wassabi won via split decision.
When is KSI vs. Alex Wassabi?
Date: Saturday, Aug. 27
Main card: 2 p.m. ET
Main event: 5:15 p.m. ET (approximate)
KSI vs. Alex Wassabi will take place Aug. 27. The main card should begin around 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. BST). KSI and Wassabi should make their way to the ring around 5:15 p.m. ET (10:15 p.m. BST), depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch KSI vs. Alex Wassabi
The fight between KSI and Alex Wassabi will be broadcast via DAZN pay-per-view in the U.S. and the U.K.
KSI vs. Alex Wassabi PPV price: How much does the card cost?
DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99 in the U.S., $20 in Canada, ?7.99 in the U.K.
DAZN annual subscription: $99.99 in the U.S., $150 in Canada
Because it is a pay-per-view event, the fight will cost $59.99 for current subscribers and $79.99 for new subscribers.
Customers in the U.K. can sign up for DAZN for ?7.99 per month.
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