Update 2:37 p.m. Both fighters are in the ring, and Michael Buffer is making introductions! We’ll be underway for this three-round showdown shortly.
It might be the first Saturday of college football, but that isn’t stopping gimmick boxing from grabbing some spotlight this afternoon. YouTube influencer KSI is returning to the ring for the first time in three years, and will be fighting twice on a DAZN PPV.
KSI will face music collaborator Swarmz to open the PPV and then will fight actual boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda to close the show. There are no odds available at DraftKings Sportsbook because this is as much a gimmick card as anything else.
KSI has two amateur bouts and one professional bout to his credit. His two amateur bouts saw him beat Joe Weller via third-round TKO in February 2018 and then go to a majority draw with Logan Paul the following August. A year later he fought Paul in November in his first professional bout and won a split decision at Staples Center.
KSI and Swarmz get going just after 2 p.m. ET in London at the O2 Arena. Swarmz has no bouts under his belt, but with both of KSI’s fights only three rounds long, there’s a decent chance this goes the distance.
KSI vs. Swarmz round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-7 KSI
Well that was embarrassing. Swarmz shows absolutely zero technique, and keeps turning his back via spins to the man trying to hit him. If it wasn’t for the referee protecting Swarmz from himself, it would be over already. Credit KSI with one knockdown as well.
Round 2: KSI wins by knockout at :28 of the second round
Swarmz goes down in the first 20 seconds of the second round, sits up to potentially think about getting up, and looks over to his corner. They tell him to stay down, and he does.
That was easy. Now we’ll see KSI come back later this evening for his second bout against Luis Pineda.