KSI and Logan Paul are gearing-up for their long-awaited rematch but will KSI’s training regime be the key to victory?
If you ever had any doubts about the power of online social media sites such as YouTube just look at the hype and fervour surrounding the upcoming boxing rematch between the YouTube sensations KSI (real name Olajide Olatunji) and Logan Paul.
After last year’s first bout between the two took over online discussion for weeks beforehand and raked in millions of dollars for the pair, it was only a matter of time before a KSI v Logan Paul rematch took place to finally settle their long-running feud after 2018’s first fight ended in a draw.
Naturally, with so much at stake for both KSI and Logan Paul, and the second fight being classed as a professional match, the training regimes that both YouTube stars have gone through have only increased in scope and intensity.
As a result, the past few weeks have seen KSI training with a former world champion in Nonito Donaire.
KSI v Logan Paul 2
The rematch between KSI and Logan Paul, which is being dubbed as KSI v Logan Paul 2, came about after the original fight between the two in August 2018 ended in a draw.
Both the YouTube stars and their fans wanted to see just who could truly beat the other and after a very lucrative match which ended in a draw, a rematch was almost immediately on the cards.
Unlike the first fight, however, which was only treated as an amateur event, KSI v Logan Paul 2 is being billed as a professional fight, the first professional match-up the two will compete in.
As a result, both KSI and Logan Paul have stepped up their respective training regimes.
KSI’s training regime
Before KSI’s first-ever boxing match, 2018’s fight with fellow YouTuber Joe Weller, he enlisted the help of Viddal Riley, an up and coming talent in British junior boxing and a silver medalist at the 2014 Junior European Championships.
The pair have worked closely together ever since but have really stepped up preparations ahead of KSI’s second fight with Logan Paul.
Speaking to The Sun ahead of the rematch, Viddal said:
“Me and him spar a lot because I am the same size as Logan, we are all cruiserweights and I am better than Logan will ever be, so it’s ideal sparring for KSI.”
He continued by adding: “The stakes for this fight are very high, the draw left everything up in the air. KSI has made a lot of progress mentally and boxing is a mental sport.
“Seeing him grow upstairs means I know he will be able to perform on the night, because his brain will be in the right place.
“His boxing IQ today compared to the first fight has skyrocketed and when he gets it right, the mental and physical aspects of the training combine and we knock Logan Paul out.”
There’s certainly a lot of confidence in the KSI camp, something that’s no doubt been helped by the presence of Nonito Donaire, an eight-time world champion in four different weight classes.
The Mexican boxing superstar has been training with KSI to improve his chances ahead of the much-publicised rematch.
If KSI was looking for guidance going into this second fight, he won’t go far wrong with Viddal and Nonito leading the way.
How to watch
KSI’s first fight with Logan Paul, which took part at the Manchester Arena in the UK, was broadcast on YouTube’s premium pay-per-view service and raked in an audience of over 2.25 million, although 1.2 million of that total are thought to have watched the fight via illegal streams on Twitch.
This second fight, however, which is taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers, will be aired on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view service here in the UK and the DAZN streaming app in the US.
For UK fans, the fight will cost £9.99 to watch over on Sky Sports Box Office a much-reduced price from typical professional boxing matches.
The fight itself is scheduled for 8pm PST on November 9th. For UK viewers, that unfortunately means 4am on November 10th.