KSI vs Logan Paul – LIVE: Latest updates as undercard bouts begin ahead of YouTube stars’ fight in Manchester. They’re two of the most beloved – and most hated – YouTubers in the world, and this evening in Manchester they clash in a boxing match that is expected to be seen live by nearly 20,000 people and on a paid-for live stream in countries across the globe.
Olajide “KSI” Olatunji, a British YouTuber with 19 million subscribers takes on controversial American YouTuber Logan Paulin a match that has been six months in the making.
The two are due to square off with each other around 9 pm, while the combatants’ younger brothers, Deji Olatunji (also known as ComedyShortsGamer) and Jake Paul are among those who will also duke it out on an undercard of bouts due to start from around 5.30pm.
:: Chris Stokel-Walker (CSW) reporting live from the MEN Arena and Adam Hamdani (AH) following all the online reaction
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The match is the second bout for KSI, who defeated Joe Weller in front of a 7,000-strong sellout in London’s Copper Box Arena back in February.
The pair has argued over social media in the run-up to the event and held press conferences in London and Los Angeles, but the final fight takes place within the confines of Manchester Arena as the city also celebrates Pride this bank holiday weekend.
Fans not able to make it to Manchester have to pay £7.50 ($10) for the privilege of watching a live stream of the action.
Despite the protestations of the participants, for most fans in attendance, the bout will be more entertainment than boxing brawl – but it’s still a significant money-spinner for all involved.
More than a quarter of a million pounds of bets on the outcome of the main event have been taken by British bookmakers, The Independent can exclusively reveal – and the number’s still rising.
“We were blown away by the numbers we saw after KSI’s last fight, but that pales in significance in truth, with interest from a betting perspective likely to hit £300,000 by close of play on Saturday night,” said Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati.