(Los Angeles) UK Youtubeur KSI won Saturday's Los Angeles matchup with the Internet's stars by beating American Logan Paul in a boxing match as well as a rewarding one for both men.
Olajide William Olatunji, his real name, has 20.5 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and almost 5 billion views. At the age of 26, he completes his panoply with success in the song and, now, in professional boxing.
He faced Saturday for the second time the American Logan Paul, 24 years old and controversial star of the video exchange platform, with nearly 20 million subscribers and 4.6 billion views.
The first fight, played by fans in August 2018 in Manchester, England, ended in a draw after six rounds. Their performance, lambasted by the experts of the noble art, had been a success of audience and recipes.
For revenge, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, both Youtubeurs had a professional license, and each received a $ 900,000 grant.
KSI narrowly prevailed – one point ahead – at the end of the six rounds, a victory here too controversial because Logan Paul was awarded two penalty points for a low blow.
The Briton dismissed the idea of a beautiful. "It's over, I move on," he said after the fight, while Logan Paul ensured that he would be seen "in a ring".
The DAZN streaming platform, which aired the fight, did not reveal its audience figures, but its executive vice president Joseph Markowski hailed "a great success".
The fight "has generated a significant increase in subscriptions, attracted the interest of the major media and introduced boxing to a completely new audience," he told AFP.
The experts of noble art have less appreciated.
"When did boxing become this joke? Wondered on Twitter the former Mexican-American professional Abner Mares, denouncing the number of "illegal shots" that could have resulted in injuries.
"After KSIvsLoganPaul2, who wants Justin Bieber vs. Zac Efron for the Disney title? Said the former European super welterweight champion Ryan Rhodes.
The 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight Audley Harrison, however, hailed the two boxers who "have improved a lot" since their first fight.
KSI is used to firing accounts. Before challenging Logan Paul, he beat another British Youtubeur in a ring in February 2018 for the unofficial British title of the YouTubers.