KSI v Logan Paul 2, And The Most Unlikely Super fights In Boxing History
While social media spats are ten a penny these days, some are a little bigger than others – and one is head and shoulders above the rest. YouTube sensations KSI and Logan Paul squared off in an amateur boxing match last summer, scrapping their way to a draw; this Saturday sees the rematch, and this time it’s as serious as it gets.
A professional bout, under the lights of the Staples Centre is Los Angeles, the rematch will attract eyes from all across the world, and perhaps settle a rivalry that has been bubbling for more than two years. It’s live on Sky Sports Box Office from the early hours of Sunday morning, and you can click here to order!
And while a pair of social media stars going head to head might sound strange, it’s not the first time that boxing has thrown up an unlikely match-up; in fact, we’ve had head-scratchers in the sport going back years!
MIKE TYSON v KEVIN MCBRIDE
In 2005, Iron Mike was on the way down – but still the biggest name in the sport. Monaghan-born McBride was a journeyman who worked labouring jobs between fights to make ends meet. What happened? Tyson was left slumped against the ropes in the seventh round, unable to continue against the Clones Colossus.
It mightn’t have been Buster Douglas levels of shock, but it still rattled the boxing world. Tyson would never fight again, while McBride would step in the ring eight more times, losing six of them. But we’ll always have Washington…
ANDREW FLINTOFF v RICHARD DAWSON
One of cricket’s finest all-rounders, the man known to all and sundry as Freddie retired from the game in 2010, with a laundry list of accomplishments and a burgeoning broadcasting career. For some barely explicable reason, he decided boxing was the next step.
Stepping between the ropes to face Richard Dawson, Flintoff huffed and puffed his way to a four-round points decision, before wisely deciding to hang up the gloves with a perfect, undefeated record of 1-0; on reflection, he’s described the whole adventure as, “probably on the side of stupidity."
BUTTERBEAN v BART GUNN
OK, take a seat; there’s a lot to unpack here. Butterbean – Eric Esch to his mum – was a monstrous toughman fighter, specialising in wild four-round brawls. Bart Gunn – or Mike Polchlopek – was a professional wrestler, competing in what we now know as World Wrestling Entertainment. The wrestling organisation decided to hold a legitimate boxing tournament, with the hope of showcasing real-life hardman “Dr Death” Steve Williams, but Gunn threw a spanner in the works by emerging victorious. His ‘prize’? Another legit scrap, this one at Wrestlemania XV. It went violently according to script…
FLOYD MAYWEATHER v CONOR MCGREGOR
Another Irish entry, it’s the most recent, and by far the most lucrative, example of the weird and wonderful world of punching for pay. The biggest star in MMA, McGregor coveted an even bigger cheque – and saw the answer in the man known as Money. Undefeated across a 49 fight career, Mayweather was acknowledged as one of the finest boxers of his generation, as well as the highest drawing as far as numbers were concerned.
After a long-running will-they-won’t-they saga, the two finally met in Las Vegas in 2017; while the fight, predictably enough, went Mayweather’s way, the financial success was a little more eyebrow-raising. Each pocketed a nine-figure payday, for a fight that was bought by some 4.6 million people worldwide. Not bad for a night’s work…
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