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Leave boxing to the pros, stick to YouTube

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Filed on November 11, 2019
Logan Paul (right) throws a punch at KSI during their pro debut fight in Los Angeles on Sunday. (AFP)

Events such as these is pushing the envelope a bit too far, one would reckon

It was a happy ending for vlogger and rapper 'KSI' but not quite for vlogger Logan Paul. The social media sensations, who both have a combined 40 million subscribers on YouTube, went head to head again in a boxing ring for the first 'professional' bout, with KSI winning by a split decision.

Thousands of spectators, who came through the turnstiles at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, got their money's worth and so did millions of viewers, who actually paid to watch the live stream online.

And quite obviously, the promoters raked in the moolah at the end of the night.

The pair had actually faced off in Manchester last year with fans reportedly paying 10 dollars to watch the fight on Youtube. It was apparently watched by 800,000 people and 1.2 million reportedly witnessed it on pirated streams. It is another matter that the bout ended in a draw.

But what were they - 'KSI' and Logan Paul, as well as the promoters, were even thinking? True, there is no denying the fact that social media has become a significant part of our daily lives, for better or for worse.

It has ultimately come down to views and numbers. Lives now revolve around these numbers and you are judged by these. It is a thin fine line between being a hero or a zero.

Events such as these is pushing the envelope a bit too far, one would reckon. One shudders to think if things go south if more such events take place in the future.

It is all just for show, the people behind this, may say. But all it takes is one mishap to bring it crashing down to earth.

Such 'shows' just go on to reiterate the point that there is no value of a human life these days. Apparently, both 'KSI,' whose real name is Olajide Olatunji, and Paul trained hard in the run up to bout in Los Angeles.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson and celebrities such as Justin Bieber turned up to lend heft to the fight.

Opinions are clearly divided when it comes to the boxing world. Some are for it, some are against it. One former world champion termed it as a joke. And to illustrate his point, he said that the crowd may have found it entertaining but there were so many illegal punches thrown that it could have proved fatal.

To further illustrate the point, there were four deaths in boxing this year, the latest being that of American Patrick Day.

There is a lesson in all this: Leave boxing to the professionals and stick to Youtube.


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