KSI vs Logan Paul predictions and betting tips as the two YouTube sensations meet in a highly anticipated rematch live on Sky Sports Box Office. After the pair couldn’t be split in the first contest at Manchester Arena, they have now turned professional and both are hoping to prove that they are the king of this unique category.
KSI, real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji, is a British YouTuber, internet personality and rapper who is most well known for his Fifa videos. The channel has received over 20 million subscribers and 4 billion video views, ranking as the sixth-most subscribed and nineteenth-most viewed channel from the United Kingdom, and placing him among the top 120 most subscribed channels on the site.
The Brit has been involved in another high-profile amatuer white-collar boxing event with the first coming against fellow British YouTuber, Joe Weller. KSI managed to win by technical knockout after 1 minute and 30 seconds in the third round and won the YouTube Boxing Championship Belt.. With a live online audience of over 1.6 million, the fight was described as the largest white-collar boxing event in history.
It wasn’t long before KSI was calling out his next opponent as, in the post fight interview, he called out the Paul brothers. He initially challenged Logan Paul’s younger brother Jake to fight, however that fight never came to fruition and it was the older brother who stepped up to the plate.
Logan Paul is an American YouTuber, internet personality and actor who is probably best known for the controversy when he filmed the deceased corpse of a man who had committed suicide by hanging and posted the footage on his YouTube channel. His channel has received over 19 million subscribers and 4.7 billion views, ranking as the fiftieth-most subscribed in the United States, and placing Paul among the top 130 subscribed channels on the platform.
Billy Joe Saunders vs Marcelo Esteban Coceres Predictions and Betting Tips
Billy Joe Saunders vs Marcelo Esteban Coceres predictions and betting tips as they meet for the WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship on the undercard of KSI vs Logan Paul and live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday night. Will the talented Brit be able to defend his gold as he looks to move on to more high profile fights?
Billy Joe Saunders (28-0) is undoubtedly one of the best British fighters around at the moment and, although he perhaps does not have the profile to go with it, he is perfectly capable of mixing it with the elite fighters in and around his weight.
The undefeated 30-years-old had a very successful career in the unpaid ranks and he turned professional several years ago and joined Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions. However, despite being the top fighter in that promotional outfit, he was often not able to secure the big fights and a move to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports seemed like an obvious move to make.
Saunders now shares a US network, DAZN, with the likes of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, so you would think a big fight against one of the biggest names in the Middleweight division, or even a unification with countryman Callum Smith in the Super-Middleweight division he is currently operating in, looks to be on the cards for 2020.
However, the man hoping to throw a spanner in the works is the undefeated Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres (28-0-1). The 28-years-old is far from one of the leading lights in the world of boxing, or even in the division, but he has fought hard to climb the ladder and he will be aiming to prove he is move than just an opponent.
Coceres only fought once in 2016 and 2017 but has been very active since, fighting five times in 2018 and Saturday night sees him make his third appearance this year. However, he has not mixed in particularly great company thus far in his career and although he is a decent technical fighter, he doesn’t exactly scream elite world level.
Devin Haney vs Alfredo Santiago Predictions and Betting Tips
Devin Haney vs Alfredo Santiago predictions and betting tips as they meet for the WBC World Lightweight Championship on the undercard of KSI vs Logan Paul and live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday night. Will the classy American continue his rise to super stardom or will it prove to be a night to forget?
Devin Haney (23-0) was excellent back in September when he made Zaur Abdullaev retire after four rounds to become the interim WBC lightweight world champion, but that belt became the full version after Vasyl Lomachenko was elevated to the “Franchise” champion at 135 pounds in a move similar to that of Canelo.
While that move by the WBC does move a potential clash between the pair further away, it should not detract from the talent Haney has displayed early in his career. Haney, who at age 20 is the youngest active world titleholder in boxing, is a fighter who promoter Eddie Hearn believes to be one of the biggest talents in the game and, given the prime billing he has received so far, it would appear he is getting the following which would back that assessment up.
Now Haney makes the short trip from his Las Vegas home to Los Angeles where he faces Alfredo Santiago (12-0) in his maiden defence. The unbeaten Dominican talent, who turns 25 the day after the fight, will be on looking to derail Haney’s reign as champion at the first hurdle.
While Santiago may well very much be the opponent in this contest, he should not be underestimated. Even though he has only had 12 professional bouts, he holds wins against former featherweight titlist Jonathan Victor Barros and former featherweight title challenger Jayson Velez.
The fact that the first contest between these two ended in a majority draw shows that there is little to choose between these two internet stars. However, this contest is taking place in the professional ranks this time around and with that, it means lighter gloves and no head guards. If they’ve both progressed at the same rate since the first fight, there’s going to be very little in it.
KSI had home advantage last time out and he was the only one who had experienced a boxing ring prior to that bout, so the majority of the advantages went his way. He now has another bout under his belt and if what he has said in the press conferences is to be believed, then he is now training properly so should see the benefits.
However, Logan Paul has been working with Shannon Briggs in the build up to this one, at least some capacity. When you consider that he is bigger, younger, and the home fighter this time around, then that should be enough to see him get the nod after six rounds.
While many will point to the main event as being little more than a circus which is designed to make as much money as possible, it is also quite easy to highlight the chief support as being something very similar, albeit in a much more traditional way.
This contest represents the first fight that Billy Joe Saunders has had since making the move to Matchroom Boxing and, in truth, it should be little more than an opportunity for the Brit to increase his profile and demonstrate his skills.
That being said, Coceres is a tough and technical fighter but, despite the unbeaten record,his CV is not very impressive. He fights up a weight class and outside of South America for the first time against by far the most talented and accomplished opponent of his career.
Saunders has been criticised in the past for poor performances in fights which he was expected to dominate, but that typically goes hand in hand with a poor training camp in which he was only half invested in.
That does not seem to be the case this time around though as, since his issue with illegal substances, he seems to be taking the game more seriously and we expect that to play out on fight night. After feeling out Coceres for the first couple of rounds, we should expect Saunders to pick up his high output and begin to land more frequently. The Argentinian is unlikely to be able to cope with the technical ability of his opponent and he should be outclassed enough for Saunders to win by stoppage.
It is always interesting to follow the career of fighters when they first break through into the big time as, depending on their qualities, they may be brought back down to earth with a bit of a bang.
However, in Devin Haney they have a 20-years-old who has already surpassed the tag of ‘prospect’ as he is now a fully blown world champion. He was dominant in his performance against Zaur Abdullaev in New York in September where he overpowered the unbeaten Russian over four blistering rounds to force Abdullaev to retire, and land ‘The Dream’ the interim belt at 135lbs.
Santiago has a lack of experience at the top level and his lack of power is a big handicap against a fast, sharp puncher like Haney. It is hard to imagine a situation where he can outbox the talented American and, without some firepower to make the 20-year-old title-holder think twice before letting his hands go, it is hard to see how the Dominican can stave of Haney’s blistering salvos.
Haney is very big for the weight and with Santiago’s biggest wins coming against featherweights, there will likely be a discrepancy in size. Haney should dominate, and an pretty early knockout win looks to be on the cards in this one.