KSI and Logan Paul stepped on the scale and faced off one last time before entering the ring tomorrow night as excitement builds for the rematch at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and exclusively on DAZN. The YouTube stars previously fought in an amateur boxing match in front of a sold-out crowd in Manchester, England in August 2018. Following the majority draw, KSI and Logan Paul agreed to meet again as licensed professional boxers on Nov. 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN, which is available on any connected device.
6-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.
KSI: 193.2 lbs.
Logan Paul: 199.4 lbs.
12-Round WBC Light Championship Bout @ 135 lbs.
Devin Haney: 135 lbs.
Alfredo Alvarez: 135 lbs.
12-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.
Billy Joe Saunders: 167.4 lbs.
Marcelo Coceres: 168 lbs.
4-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.
Josh Brueckner: 192.2 lbs.
Tyler Smith: 199.4 lbs.
6-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.
Diego Pacheco: 167.2 lbs.
Aaron Casper: 166.6 lbs.
12-Round Super Bantamweight Bout @ 122 lbs.
Ronny Rios: 120.6 lbs.
Hugo Berrio: 121.6 lbs.
6-Round Middleweight Bout @ 162 lbs.
Nikita Ababiy: 160.6 lbs.
Jonathan Batista: 163.6 lbs.
Below are some quotes from Thursday’s final press conference:
“Today is the best day of my life, tomorrow is the best day of my life, and Saturday will also be the day of my life.”
“JJ works hard, has a big ego, and his ego will be his biggest asset. He will be hit in the head several times. He will suffer major repercussions. I’m surprised his trainer let him do this for a ten percent commission. This is very dangerous for him. I think people underestimate the training I’ve been doing for the last year, while he has been preparing a song.
“There are so many ways this fight could end. Could easily say KO, TKO, go the distance, it doesn’t matter. I’m prepared, my condition is top notch. We can go six rounds, but it wouldn’t be good for his health.
“This is a personal thing for me I want to go out in violent fashion and secure this this for my family and friends. KSI happens to be the guy in the ring in front of me, but this is the end of a redemption arc for me.”
“This camp is one of the toughest things I’ve done in my life. This camp has pushed me to the edge where I had blood, sweat and tears. Never worked so hard training in my life. I’ve reached a new level mentally. I’m not afraid to get hit, to get punched in the face, or take a body shot. I’m ready to f*** you up. I really am. You’re afraid to get hit, can’t go backwards, always open for body shots, hands don’t know what they’re doing, and footwork is week.”
“I know what it is like to be a pro fighter. Training two, three times a day for six days, with one day break. There was a point I didn’t think I could do this, that this is too much for me, that it was too hard. Mentally I got through it, and I realized I can do this. I’m a dog, I’m a fighter. Always made sure I defend what it’s right, what’s mine. This is my legacy, I’m defending my legacy, and you’re trying to take it away from me. I’m going to knockout him out. He won’t be able to keep up. My cardio is better than yours.”
Joe Markowski, EVP DAZN North America
“Logan, KSI – I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know you over the past couple months. You’ve taught us a lot about creating digital content and we appreciate the partnership.
“I’m continually amazed by your ability to command an audience both online and at live events.
“We’ve been banging the drum this fall: It’s Fight Season on DAZN. GGG, Canelo, Kovalev, Ruiz, Joshua. The schedule has been packed but Saturday is something different.
“This fight has been covered by ESPN to CNN to Entertainment Tonight. I have a call later today with the New York Times. I’m not saying that all the coverage will praise us – but it illustrates that we have people’s attention, which I’ve learned is not easy to do in America.
“And these men, Logan Paul and KSI, know how to generate interest. Our social media numbers for this fight are unprecedented and we welcome all of their dedicated fans to DAZN.
“This has been an incredible build up, I have learned so much. I’ve been in the sport for ten years and I’ve never seen anything like this. The numbers for this fight are unbelievable. Countries I didn’t even know knew about boxing are tuning into this one.”
MATCHROOM BOXING USA and FITE, the global digital platform specializing in premium combat sports, announced today a distribution agreement, to offer the highly anticipated rematch between KSI and Logan Paul from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 9, 2019. This deal expands availability of the fight via pay-per-view in new key markets such as Australia, France, Netherlands, Baltic region, India and all of Scandinavia, among others. Watch the event trailer HERE.
For this widely anticipated face-off between two globally recognized social media icons, Matchroom Boxing USA will be working with a number of prestigious broadcast partners such as DAZN and SKY, and have chosen FITE to further extend the event’s reach to untapped audiences around the world.
“I am delighted to be teaming up with FITE ahead for the KSI-Logan Paul II. These guys are global stars on YouTube and it’s fantastic to have FITE expertly deliver their hotly-anticipated rematch – this time as pro fighters – to all corners of the globe, allowing legions of fans around the world to watch them settle the score – and introducing some of Matchroom Boxing USA’s World champions and up and coming talents fighting in LA to a host of new audiences.” said Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Boxing USA.
The first boxing match-up between KSI and Logan Paul, some of the most arresting and popular YouTube Influencers, was a majority draw and became one of the largest digital PPV events ever with more than a million buys. The recent press conference for KSI-Paul II has already amassed more than 10mm YouTube views, so people are showing massive interest in the outcome of these main event protagonists. FITE CEO, Kosta Jordanov remarked, “when we looked at the data from the first event, we were amazed by the exceptionally wide global appeal of the match. We knew we had to become a part of this rematch to make it available to even more people around the globe, and we’re very excited to collaborate with Matchroom on this show.”
Unlike the first event which was an invitational match-up, KSI and Logan Paul will each be making their pro boxing debuts in this Nov. 9th event. They have been training extensively for pugilistic superiority as well as bragging rights. The Main Card begins at 9pm ET and boasts some intriguing matchups including several undefeated fighters including Billy Joe Saunders vs. Marcelo Coceres among others. There will be a number of prelim matches on DAZN and FITE starting at 6pm ET.
The KSI-Paul II weigh-ins will be streamed live on Friday, Nov. 8th on DAZN and FITE, immediately following the free and global FITE in FOCUS show with exclusive interviews with the fighters, promoters, and surprise guests.
KSI and Logan Paul came face-to-face for the first time to launch their rematch on Saturday – and over SIX MILLION fans have watched their press conference on YouTube ahead of their hotly-anticipated second clash at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday November 9, live on DAZN.
The YouTube sensations rivalry has been simmering since their first fight ended in a majority draw in Manchester, England in August 2018, with KSI edging out Paul on one card but the duo unable to be separate on the other two.
Now Paul welcomes KSI to Los Angeles for the rematch in two months’ time, and on a hot day in the shadow of the venue they will meet as professional fighters, the bitter foes laid out their simple plan for the rematch – get the victory by KO.
“First round KO – you don’t stand a chance,” Paul told KSI. “You know I won the last fight, this time I’m not going to leave it to the judges. KSI, do me a favor, these next 55 days are going to be the best of your life, do me a favor, soak it up. Take a break from training, because the rest of your life after Nov 9 is going to be miserable. JJ, go skydiving bro, go bake a cake, fall in love, do something fun, because your life is going to suck after November 9.
“No headgear, 10 oz gloves. You made me wear headgear last year – not anymore. This is a pro fight. No-one thinks you can win this fight. No-one that watched that first fight can tell me that KSI is a better boxer, and you know you’re not. I got tired, it was my first fight and there was an adrenaline dump, but you know you don’t stand a chance. And that was when I didn’t know s–.
“Four months of boxing later, Shannon Briggs in my corner, the two-time Heavyweight champion of the world. We are working hard to end this man on November 9.”
“I’m so confident that I can win this fight that I can take a photo with Drake, post it on social media and still win!” said KSI. “Last time around he was telling everyone ‘I’m going to destroy KSI, it’s easy, one round, he sucks’, you were holding onto me for dear life in that last round. He’s the king of chatting shit. I am going in there to KO him, that’s the ultimate aim, it’s boxing.
“I know how he fights and we know what to work on. He doesn’t punch hard. He tagged me but didn’t hurt, I’ve been hit a lot harder than he can hit in sparring, by bigger guys, and still standing. My shots will be harder and my hand-speed will show. I never liked the head-guards, I’ve got really good head movement, I like slipping shots and making people pay, and that’s what I’m going to do on November 9.”
WEIGHTS, RUNNING ORDER FROM TODAY’S KSI VS. LOGAN PAUL II WEIGH-IN
FIRST BELL – 3.25pm (all times local)
6 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
Reshat Mati 148.4 lbs vs Cody Peterson 148.6 lbs
Staten Island, New York Liberty, Missouri
12 x 3 mins WBA Gold and NABF Super-Bantamweight championships
Ronny Rios 120.6 lbs vs Hugo Berrio 121.6 lbs
Santa Ana, California Santa Marta, Colombia
6 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest
Diego Pacheco 167.2 lbs vs Aaron Casper 166.6 lbs
Los Angeles, California Augusta, Georgia
4 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
Josh Brueckner 192.2 lbs vs Tyler Smith 199.4 lbs
Clinton, Michigan Huntington Beach, California
12 x 3 mins WBO World Super-Middleweight championship
Billy Joe Saunders 167.4 lbs vs Marcelo Coceres 168 lbs
Hatfield, England San Jorge, Argentina
12 x 3 mins WBC World Lightweight title
Devin Haney 135 lbs vs Alfredo Santiago-Alvarez 135 lbs
Las Vegas, Nevada Fajardo, Puerto Rico
6 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest
Logan Paul 199.4 lbs vs KSI 193.2 lbs
Los Angeles, California Watford, England
4 / 6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
Nikita Ababiy 160.6 lbs vs Jonathan Batista 163.6 lbs
Brooklyn, New York San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.