Social media influencers have been invading the boxing ring for years now and on Oct. 14, one of the most anticipated crossover cards of that invasion goes down in Manchester, England. In the main event, boxer and reality television star Tommy Fury will go one-on-one with influencer KSI. The co-main event has also drawn plenty of headlines with social media superstar-turned-boxer-turned-WWE superstar Logan Paul taking on former professional mixed martial artist Dillon Danis.
Fury, brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is coming off the biggest win of his career, defeating Jake Paul by split decision in February. He now looks to add another win over an influencer to his resume, though it’s still somewhat unclear whether the fight will be a professional bout or an exhibition.
The fight was originally listed as an exhibition as it will not be sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control, but the bout listing was recently changed to professional on BoxRec.
KSI only has one professional victory, a split decision win over Logan Paul in 2019. Prior to that fight, KSI had fought twice in amateur bouts — one of which was against Paul. He has fought three more times in bouts sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Association, which technically were exhibitions. In those fights, he defeated rapper Swarmz and Luis Alcaraz Pineda in the same night and then defeated FaZe Temperrr.
After his fight with KSI, Paul fought one more time, being carried for eight rounds in an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather Jr. His main focus in the combat sports world has been as a special attraction for WWE, where he has become a surprising hit as a talented wrestler.
Danis has been antagonizing Paul with insulting social media posts about Paul’s fiancee, Nina Agdal. This led to Agdal acquiring a restraining order against Danis.
Danis is an accomplished grappler who was viewed as a potential star in mixed martial arts. Unfortunately, Danis only fought twice as a pro, winning Bellator fights in 2018 and 2019. He has since developed a reputation for pulling out of fights, including a planned January boxing fight with KSI.
Let’s take a look at the complete card and info for how you can watch the action on Oct. 14.
Fury vs. KSI fight card
|Logan Paul||Dillon Danis||Bridgerweight|
|Salt Papi||Slim Albaher||Middleweight|
|Deen the Great||Walid Sharks||Lightweight|
|King Kenny||Anthony Taylor||Light heavyweight|
|Whindersson Nunes||My Mate Nate||Light heavyweight|
|Alex Wassabi & NichLmao||Luis Alcaraz Pineda & BDave||Light heavyweight tag team fight|
KSI vs. Fury viewing information
- Date: Oct. 14 | Start time: 2 p.m. ET (main events around 5 p.m. ET)
- Location: Manchester Arena — Manchester, England
- How to watch: DAZN PPV (price TBD)