The much awaited match between rival YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul has ended in a draw after six rounds of white-collar boxing on Saturday night, for which over 15,000 tickets were sold.
The match took place at the Manchester Arena in front of 18,000 fans, and is believed to have been streamed by 800,000 more, with another half a million watching on illegal streams. Fans paid £7.50 each to watch it live on YouTube.
Both YouTubers boast millions of fans around the world, including in Dubai, where they have visited and met with followers. Olajide Olatunji, otherwise known as KSI, boasts 19.4 million subscribers, while Paul has 18.2 million.
Ahead the match, the pair took part in a number of public feuds, including on in July where Paul slammed KSI for past claims of sexual harassment and misogynistic comments made about his girlfriend, American actress Chloe Bennet. He also accused his brother of inciting violence at a London press conference ahead of their boxing match.
The hostility continued throughout the match as both fighters exchanged insults.
The stars called for a rematch, however, after the majority draw was announced, though the fight is only the first of two planned matches, with the second set to take place in the US.
“I think there's only one thing to do. I think we have to have a rematch. Let's do it. That was fun,” KSI said, while Paul added, "I think it's what the people want. Let's give them a rematch."
They received mixed reviews from fans as some claimed the draw was staged in order to get both fighters more money in a rematch, while others said they were impressed with their performance.
Both KSI and Paul have had controversial pasts. While 25-year-old vlogger and rapper KSI found himself in hot water for unfitting comments towards women, Paul came under fire earlier this year when he filmed the body of a suicide victim in a forest in Japan as a part of a prank vlog.
The match was not KSI’s first, however, as the YouTuber fought fellow vlogger Joe Weller in February at the Copper Box Arena in London, and won.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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