Celebrity boxing is usually more of a curiosity than a big draw, both for fans and sports bettors. Unless you put two YouTube sensations in the squared circle.
KSI and Logan Paul will step in a boxing ring for a “professional” match on Saturday, in a bout sanctioned in California.
And, perhaps shockingly, you can actually bet on the fight — legally — at least in New Jersey.
KSI vs. Logan Paul, at a glance
KSI and Logan Paul are not exactly household names, but they are big on the internet.
In one corner is KSI, a rapper and YouTube personality with more than 20 million subscribers.
In the other corner is Logan Paul, another YouTube giant with just under 20 million followers.
The two first fought in 2018 in an amateur bout, and in the first go-round, they generated a million pay-per-view buys and interest around the world.
Now they are back for another spectacle that is billed as a pro bout, despite the fact that it’s difficult to classify either as a pro.
Still, it’s created a ton of buzz, even in mainstream media, and is a shot in the arm to boxing, which has been on the decline for years.
They’ll even be fighting for the “YouTube Boxing Championship” which The Lines does not believe to be as important as other boxing belts.
How to watch KSI vs. Logan Paul
Here is the rundown on the fight:
- Time: Saturday, Nov. 9; main card 9 p.m. Eastern; undercard begins at 7 p.m.
- Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
- How to watch: You can watch on the DAZN app in the US (subscription required); it can be seen on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
Want to bet on KSI vs. Logan Paul?
The surprising part of the fight is that you can actually bet on it at legal sportsbooks in the US.
Celebrity boxing matches would not usually attract the attention of, or even be allowed at, legal sportsbooks in the US.
However, because it is a sanctioned pro fight in California, some US online bookmakers are taking action. That is mostly in New Jersey, where regulators said they would allow action on the fight.
The Lines is not sure how many sportsbooks in Nevada are or will take action on the fight.
KSI vs. Logan Paul odds
Paul is the favorite in this bout; the pair fought to a majority draw in their first meeting.
Here is a sampling off odds you can find at NJ sportsbooks as of Friday night:
|NJ sports betting app||KSI||Logan Paul||Draw|
|FanDuel Sportbook||+146||-180||No line|