Two popular Youtubers went into the ring on Saturday in Manchester, England with a sold-out crowd of 15,000 and millions streaming it online. Logan Paul, the tone-deaf attention starved dude who filmed a dead body in Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’ months ago battled gaming tuber KSI. The two traded insults for months online, made diss rap tracks against one another, and also got each other’s brothers to fight on the under card of this carnival sideshow charging $10 for 6-round amateur fight which ended… in a draw. Yes, a draw. The rematch apparently has already been booked.
No matter what you may think of it, the fight has to be considered a success as a business venture. Mashable said has this take: “Using their massive platforms fueled by clickbait-y drama, the Paul and Olatunji brothers did what they do best: take money from children — or, really, parents willing to open their wallets for merch and PPV. ”
The Verge reported today the fight drew around 773,000 live viewers officially and the latest number is settled right under 5 million total paid viewers. Still it looks like a majority of people watched the fight illegally on Twitch.
The response to the fight from fans of these millennial darlings has been mixed at best, but many have speculated the fight was a big fix and not legit bout as it was sold to be. Neither have legtimate boxing background, except KSI who previously promoted a similar fight some time ago and immediately challenged the Pauls.
The #KSIvLogan fight ending in a tie is just further proof to me that it was a publicity stunt. Now they'll just make more money off of the rematch.
— AX 400 🔴 (@ChrispyChikken) August 25, 2018
They just finessed everybody #KSIvLogan damn. 💰 💰 Ksi totally won and it didn’t even look close. He won the last three rounds
— NotEvenTryingBro (@AaronKArtis) August 25, 2018
#KSIvLogan DO NOT BELIEVE THIS FIGHT OR THESE PEOPLE. THEY ARE DOING THIS BOXING MATCH FOR MONEY. WHY DO THEY STILTEDLY TALK LIKE THIS "BOXING" REMATCH WAS ALREADY PLANNED FROM THE START. LIKE MFS, DO YALL HAVE A DATE SET ALREADY FOR THIS THIRD MATCH? FIFTH? EIGHTIETH?
— jackson r. nafziger (@jacksonafy) August 25, 2018
— Monica (@monijoi) August 25, 2018
Disappointed in @Twitch today for not actively banning streamers rebroadcasting the #KSIvLogan fight.
They may have tried but to see that 1,000,000 we’re still watching it shows they didn’t try hard enough. pic.twitter.com/XZdelDen9j
— Tom 🛴 (@ProSyndicate) August 25, 2018
About 800,000 people paid $10 to watch KSI and Logan Paul’s fight on YouTube. More than one million people watched the fight through numerous illegal streams on Twitch. Twitch pirates always win. https://t.co/8NpCESqQBh pic.twitter.com/S6w6lCtiJa
— Polygon (@Polygon) August 26, 2018
The real losers are the mfs that paid to watch #KSIvLogan
— itzelpickle (@guessilljustcry) August 25, 2018
— Isaiah Watson (@IsaiahStarz) August 25, 2018
WHOLE FIGHT WAS PLANNED #KSIvLogan
— s ✰ (@shamstfu) August 25, 2018
i watched that on an illegal stream, and i still want my money back #KSIvLogan
— Shafeeq (@Y2SHAF) August 25, 2018
— Wedgeman Simon (@miniminter) August 26, 2018
Of course, the pot is already brewing for another hype fest.
after sleeping on it & rewatching the fight…
i should’ve won, 4-2. i was the better boxer & athlete but my bitch ass got too tired 😂 idk how KSI’s throw downs & illegal hits AFTER the bell weren’t accounted for in the score BUT
REMATCH IN AMERICA ASAP 🇺🇸
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) August 26, 2018
— Gunsmoke1219🌐 (@gunsmoke1219) August 26, 2018