KSI Vs Weller boxing fight reaches 20 million views
Kiran Rai hosted the press conference KSI vs Weller at the York Hall and got backstage interviews while the viewership reached to 20 million views at the cooper box. KSI came out on top in the battle of the YouTube sensations as he stopped Joe Weller on Saturday night.
The pair met over a scheduled six to three-minute rounds at the Copper Box Arena in London, a venue more used to hosting world champions than white-collar wannabes. But 8,000 fans crammed into the east London hall – a sign of the growing popularity of online stars.
Their rivalry stemmed, of course, from the internet as they clashed on Twitter last year. Weller had just beaten fellow internet star Theo ‘Malfoy’ Baker in August when KSI – real name Olajide William Olatunji – entered the scene.
KSI called out the victor before the duo twice met in person as the rivalry grew. The bout was confirmed the following month and the trash-talking began in earnest.
And after the first bell, KSI began the fight on the front foot as Weller waited 30 seconds to throw a punch. With the longer reach, the taller man attempted to control the fight with his jab as Weller struggled to close the distance. He was able to pin KSI against the tops briefly before he was left bloodied by an uppercut.
It was a similar story in the second session as both men seemed to tire, with KSI in particular holding when he could. The pair tumbled to the canvas in a heap but no knockdown was called.
KSI made a fast start to the third stanza as Weller looked close to defeat. And the referee stepped in to give the struggling man a standing count midway through the round. Weller was cleared to continue but the fight was stopped seconds later.
The winner, who was presented with the YouTube belt by a professional heavyweight, Dereck Chisora, said: “I walked the walk, and I talked the talk. “
“Joe, you’re way tougher than I thought. Respect for getting into the ring and giving me a tough battle.”