Written 4th November
KSI vs Logan Paul 2 Betting Tips
Date - 10th November at 5:00am
Venue - Staples Centre, Los Angeles
How To Watch - Sky Sports Box Office (UK), DAZN (US)
Youtube stars KSI and Logan Paul enter the ring for the second time on the 9th November, the first time either will fight professionally. After an amateur bout ended in a draw last August, promoter Eddie Hearn helped the pair gain their professional license and grab the spotlight at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre for a rematch. The fight is set to be one of the most watched combat sport events of all time, and although hardened boxing fans might despise the idea, it could provide a platform for a new generation of boxing fans.
KSI v Logan Paul Comparison
|Height||183 cm||188 cm|
|Weight||187 lbs||189 lbs|
|Nickname||The Nightmare||The Maverick|
|Head Trainer||Viddal Riley||Shannon Briggs|
|Hometown||Watford, England||Westlake, Ohio, USA|
Since the initial fight against Logan Paul, KSI has stepped up his training in every regard. He was already working with professional cruiserweight Viddal Riley, but took his team to Las Vegas to train with Jeff Mayweather. Riley might not be a household name, but he is still a professional boxer with a 3-0 record. Jeff Mayweather of course is an instantly recognisable name to boxing fanatics, and further proof that KSI is taking this as seriously as any boxer has before him. In a pre fight video with DAZN, KSI also confirmed he had been working with chef Eric Trilegi, a combat sports specialist who had previously worked with the likes of Conor McGregor. The hype surrounding the fight has allowed the debutant to work alongside seasoned pros. As much as the fight has been ridiculed, there is no denying that both KSI and Logan Paul are taking the fight 100% seriously.
As Well as fighting Paul last August, KSI was involved in another amateur fight with fellow Youtuber Joe Weller. In between fights, we have already seen the progression that KSI has made as a fighter. There is no point in pretending that he is on the level that other professional boxers are, but there are signs that KSI knows what he is doing. What he lacks in power, KSI makes up for in resilience and it will take a lot for Logan Paul to take him down.
The first fight between Logan Paul and KSI was the first time that Paul had stepped into the ring. This time around, he’s had over a year of training to perfect his boxing technique and we should see a huge difference in how Paul is fighting. Linking up with former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs again, Paul has been quoted as saying he now ‘knows what he is doing’. After drawing the opening fight, the initial height and weight advantage, as well as the extra training that Paul has received, he has to be considered favourite heading into the fight.
In the first bout, Logan Paul started the fight by throwing big punches and had the better of the early rounds. He might not start as frantically this time around, but the biggest difference will be the gear that the two debutants are using. Moving to professional boxing means no headgear and 10oz gloves. If Paul can catch KSI with one of those heavy punches in the opening rounds, with less protection, this fight could be over early on.
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