Logan Paul, the controversial and unhinged YouTuber, will take on rival influencer KSI in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles on Saturday that is being hailed as the ‘biggest event in internet history’.
Paul, 24, is best known for his outlandish and, at times, tone-deaf pranks.
Now, the loud-mouthed influencer is set to rake in millions through the fight, which will be aired on sports streaming giant DAZN.
YouTuber Logan Paul is facing calls to be drug tested ahead of his fight against fellow influencer KSI which will be the latest in his newly launched amateur boxing career. He laughed off the criticism in a recent tweet
Paul has been training for months.
‘I’m excited to ruin JJ’s face and I want to thank DAZN for giving me the platform to do so.
‘I’m finally getting what I wanted from the beginning — no headgear, 10-ounce gloves, and the opportunity to dismantle JJ’s repugnant face in Los Angeles, my home city,’ he said of his British opponent in a recent statement.
He also claimed to have been preparing by ‘drinking the blood of cows’.
But despite putting in the hours in the gym, fans have questioned his jacked-up physique.
Some are even demanding that he be drug tested.
He is typically unperturbed by the criticism.
On Twitter, where he has 5million followers, he joked: ‘I hope I pass my drug test’ beneath one of the photos critics had called into question.
On Monday, he was busy touting the special boxes VIP ticket-holders will receive when they attend the match at the Staples Center on Saturday
He is still pushing ticket sales. They start from $41 but cost up to $725.
Paul, 24, claims he has prepared for the fight by drinking ‘cows blood’ and putting in endless hours of training
Twitter critics are less convinced that he has not had a helping hand with his transformation
Paul will face off against rival influencer KSI, a British vlogger whose face he says he wants to ‘dismantle’
Paul has been eagerly promoting ticket sales on Twitter, where he has 5million followers
Paul and his brother Jake made a name for themselves on YouTube with their boyish good looks and seemingly harmless pranks.
They amassed millions of followers and as a result got paid handsomely through ads and merchandise lines.
In the last two years, their luck seems to have taken a turn.
Paul made a groveling apology to fans and produced a special episode for his YouTube channel where he sat down with people who had contemplated suicide or lost loved ones to it after filming a person hanging in Japan’s suicide forest.
He also donated $1million to a suicide prevention charity.
Later, he had ads suspended on his account after tasering rats for one video.
Paul was universally slammed for uploading a video on New Year’s Eve from Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ where he and his friends had gone camping for a laugh. They stumbled upon a victim hanging from a tree and kept rolling afterwards, even zooming in on his body
He sparked controversy around a month later by tasering two rats at his home for another video
Paul’s income from 2018 is unknown. In 2017, he made $12million through ads on his YouTube channel.
The fight on Saturday is set to rake in $190million. Exactly how much of that he sets to make it unknown.
DAZN has exclusive rights to it in the US.
The streaming service costs $19.99 a month or $99.99 for a yearly subscription. It is also being shown in the UK on Sky.
He also made a graceless appearance on Good Morning America where he complained that he’d received death threats and said parents should not let their parents watch his content