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KSI vs Fournier LIVE: Boxing fight result, reaction and latest news after controversial knockout

Re-live updates from the boxing match at London’s Wembley Arena

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Monday 15 May 2023 15:18 BST
KSI and Tommy Fury get into heated face-off after controversial Misfits boxing win

YouTube star KSI beat Joe Fournier with a controversial knockout on Saturday, finishing the former professional boxer with an accidental elbow.

KSI, 29, landed the bigger punches throughout the first round of the exhibition bout at London’s Wembley Arena, and he tagged Fournier, 40, with a huge overhand right in Round 2. That was followed by an attempted right hook, with KSI (real name Olajide Olatunji) instead making contact with his elbow.

The strike sent Fournier tumbling to the canvas and left him staring up at the ceiling, unable to beat the referee’s count.

In a post-fight interview, KSI denied that he had stopped his fellow Briton with his elbow, before calling Tommy Fury into the ring for a face-off, which ended with the pair being separated. Earlier in the night, Fury was seen brawling with Idris Virgo, a fellow former Love Island contestant, in the crowd.

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KSI vs Fournier LIVE: ‘He cheated,’ says Fournier after defeat

Joe Fournier has accused KSI of cheating in their boxing match on Saturday, after the YouTube star won with a controversial elbow.

“He cheated – clear, black and white,” Fournier told Fred Peck. “You’ve all seen the replays, it’s gone viral, it’s all over the world.

“He hit me with a clean elbow, and the ref was right there, watched it. Obviously [KSI] owns the promotion; when you’re fighting the promoter on his own show... I’ve never been cheated like that in my life.”

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KSI ‘cheated’ with elbow knockout, says opponent Joe Fournier

YouTuber KSI, 29, stopped 40-year-old ex-boxer Fournier in Round 2 – but replays showed it was an elbow that had finished the fight

Alex Pattle14 May 2023 10:08

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: The class clown who changed the face of boxing

KSI, for his part, has mastered the art of self-promotion, but he is now trying to turn that outwards, too. Now 29, with more than 30 million subscribers, seven billion views and a reported net worth of over $25m, KSI returned to boxing in August. At London’s O2 Arena, he stopped rapper Swarmz and pro boxer (in loose terms) Luis Alcaraz Pineda on the same night. Notably, the event was the first staged by Misfits Boxing – a promotion created by KSI in partnership with the established Wasserman Promotions and streaming platform Dazn.

Another more unlikely partnership followed, as the mutually antagonistic KSI and Logan Paul launched the energy drink Prime together. For reasons that – beyond the international awareness of the YouTubers – are difficult to discern, the drink flooded through the nation and off shelves, selling out in many stores and ultimately being banned in some schools in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and South Africa. It has, however, attracted sponsorship deals with Arsenal FC, the UFC and WWE, with KSI appearing alongside Paul at this year’s WrestleMania. Trying the drink on Heart radio, Gordon Ramsay said: “Oh, Jesus. It’s like swallowing perfume. What would I give it out of 10? A zero.”

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Alex Pattle14 May 2023 10:00

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: The class clown who changed the face of boxing

Popularity is not the synonym for likeability that some think it is, and KSI has long had his detractors. Wisely, however, he began to weaponise a widespread desire to watch him get punched in the face. In 2018, KSI fought in his first amateur boxing match, beating fellow British YouTuber Joe Weller via TKO inside three rounds, following a build-up that saw KSI mock his opponent for opening up on experiences with depression. KSI later apologised for his comments.

Next for the Briton was Logan Paul, who in some ways appeared to be his American equivalent, and the pair fought to a draw in a sold-out Manchester Arena. The fight did a reported 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, leading to a professional rematch in 2019 – held at Los Angeles’ famed Staples Center, streamed on Dazn, promoted by Eddie Hearn, and won by KSI on points. Fighting on the undercard were world champions Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney, the latter of whom defends his undisputed lightweight titles against Vasily Lomachenko this month.

The dynamic was disconcerting for most boxing fans, who accused the YouTubers of making a mockery of the sport, yet pop star Justin Bieber was present as the likes of Haney and Saunders were exposed to an entirely new audience – one that they would have otherwise never reached. Hearn, the most recognisable promoter in boxing, recognised that.

Alongside Paul and the American’s younger brother Jake, KSI had ushered in the era of ‘influencer boxing’.

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Alex Pattle14 May 2023 09:00

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: The class clown who changed the face of boxing

If the YouTube venture “made sense” to his peers, then so did his next move, when he released his first rap song in 2015. “I remember he’d written a rap to learn every element on the periodic table, and all the teachers were so impressed,” his schoolmate adds, but it was singing about supercars, after dropping out of school, that demonstrated how drastically KSI’s life had changed. His debut single “Lamborghini”, featuring P Money, peaked at No 30 in the UK chart. It has since been followed by numerous EPs and two studio albums.

KSI’s next endeavour was less predictable, however.

“He was so sweet that no one would’ve said, ‘Oh, he’s gonna fight when he’s older,’” says a schoolmate. “When he did, it was like: ‘Oh, jeez. Well, I guess he can, so who’s gonna stop him?’”

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Alex Pattle14 May 2023 08:00

Jake Paul calls on KSI to be disqualified for controversial elbow on Joe Fournier

Jake Paul said rival KSI should be stripped of victory after knocking out Joe Fournier with an accidental elbow.

YouTube star KSI knocked out former boxing professional Fournier in the second round of the exhibition bout at London’s Wembley Arena after catching him with his elbow as he attempted a right hook.

KSI, who landed the bigger punches throughout the opening round, denied he had stopped Fournier with his elbow in the post-fight interview but replays showed contact had been made.

Reacting to a clip of the knockout on social media, Paul said he did not “respect” the way the fight had ended and called for KSI to be disqualified, or that the controversial result should be declared a no contest.

“I respect boxing too much to respect what that was,” Paul tweeted. “If that was indeed a real boxing match it will be ruled a no contest or disqualification.”

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Jake Paul calls on KSI to be disqualified for controversial elbow on Joe Fournier

KSI knocked out opponent Fournier with his elbow after attempting a right hook before calling out Tommy Fury

Jamie Braidwood14 May 2023 07:08

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: The class clown who changed the face of boxing

JJ’s personality was tailor made for YouTube, where he launched his channel ‘KSIOlajideBT’ in 2009 – four years after the platform’s inception. Fifteen years old at the time, JJ quickly garnered a following by filming himself playing Fifa – the famous football video game – at his parents’ house in Watford. His bewitching cackle was a key feature in each upload. “He always had that very distinctive laugh,” a schoolmate recalls. “I remember that. He would laugh at something during morning registration, and the teachers would be like, ‘JJ, please!’”

By the end of 2009, Olajide Olatunji had amassed 1,000 subscribers. That number had tripled by the end of 2010, and Olatunji’s growth accelerated at a startling pace in 2011, as he reached 150,000 subscribers, and in 2012, when he crossed the million mark. JJ had become KSI – standing for ‘Knowledge Strength Integrity’ – and he would soon become arguably the most famous YouTuber in Britain.

“When he started getting big on YouTube, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone,” this schoolmate says, “but you’d hear from certain people that knew him: ‘Oh, he’s definitely got a bit of an ego now. He’s not as sweet anymore, there’s an arrogance there, he talks about himself a lot. He used to be more engaged when he would talk to people.’”

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Alex Pattle14 May 2023 06:00

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: The class clown who changed the face of boxing

Before KSI, there was Olajide Olatunji – “JJ” for short. Before the YouTuber, gamer, rapper, boxer, promoter and energy drink magnate, there was the affable class clown in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

“I remember we did a production of Sweeney Todd,” one of his schoolmates tells The Independent. “He played the judge, and when he died at the end, he was twitching and doing the worm across the stage. Everyone was in stitches. He was funny, a nice guy – everybody liked him for that. He was popular, but not like, ‘I’m the s***’; he was confident but also a nerdy, endearing, sweet guy.”

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Alex Pattle14 May 2023 05:00

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: Who is next for YouTube star?

Tommy Fury isn’t the only potential opponent for KSI next time out, however...

Who is KSI fighting after beating Joe Fournier?

All you need to know after KSI beat Joe Fournier with a controversial elbow

Alex Pattle14 May 2023 04:00

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: Tommy Fury brawls with Love Island contestant in crowd

Tommy Fury had a busy night, in fact...

Tommy Fury brawls with fellow Love Island contestant in KSI vs Fournier crowd

Fury and Virgo are both unbeaten as professional boxers but are best known for their time on the reality television show

Alex Pattle14 May 2023 03:00

KSI vs Fournier LIVE: Tommy Fury predicts easy win against KSI

Here’s what Tommy Fury had to say about KSI, before their face-off in the ring:

Watch: Tommy Fury explains why he’d stop KSI ‘very early’ in any bout between pair

Tommy Fury has claimed he would stop KSI “very early” if the pair ever went toe-to-toe in the boxing ring. As he arrived to watch the YouTuber-turned-boxer take on Joe Fournier in the main event of Misfits Boxing 7, Fury compared KSI to his previous opponent, Jake Paul. “This man is worse than Jake Paul in my opinion, I believe if I fight KSI in the future, he gets stopped very early,” he said. “He’s a lot more gung-ho than Jake Paul, but that means you leave yourself very open.” Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Alex Pattle14 May 2023 02:00

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