KSI vs Logan Paul: 5 Other Celebrity Fights We’d Like To See
Celebrity boxing broke new ground last year when YouTube sensations KSI, whose real name is Olajide William Olatunji, and Logan Paul fought to a six-round majority draw in front of 15,000 raucous fans at Manchester Arena in England.
More than a million people purchased the $10 pay-per-view event on YouTube to watch the fight, making it one of the top-rated boxing events in history. And there was plenty of boxing betting to be had on the match.
KSI’s 19.9 million subscribers and Paul’s 18.8 million mean these two aren’t also-rans or has-beens scrambling to hold on to that last little bit of limelight left in a failing entertainment enterprise. Rather, they’re huge stars who could literally be doing anything else in the world other than stepping inside a boxing ring to fight each other.
That wasn’t the case in 2002 when Fox rounded up a cadre of sideshow celebrities for a show called “Celebrity Boxing” featuring the likes of infamous figure skating bad girl Tonya Harding, tabloid figure Joey Buttafuoco and 400-pound former Chicago Bears defensive lineman William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
Those people were literally fighting for continued social relevancy. Something KSI and Paul still possess in spades.
So, with KSI vs. Logan Paul set for a rematch later this year, here are five other celebrity fights we’d also like to see in the near future.
Kanye West vs. Drake
Hip-hop stars Kanye West and Drake, one-time music buddies and current neighbors within the lavish Los Angeles community of Hidden Hills, weren’t always beefing up security to ward off potential attacks from each other.
But Drake and Ye started dropping bombs on each other through the media around 2010, and the beef escalated to new heights in 2018 after Ye spilled the beans on Twitter about what he considered to be threats of violence from Drake against his family.
While both are considered lyrical masterminds, it’s Drake who would enjoy a four-inch height advantage on fight night. He’s also almost a decade younger. Would that give Drake the edge or would Kanye’s wisdom help him close the distance?
Whatever the case, maybe if the two men settled their differences inside the ring, fans could finally get the long-rumored but never materialized joint-album. Isn’t that what’s most important?
Tom Cruise vs. Justin Bieber
Singer-songwriter Justin Bieber took to Twitter to announce his intention of signing up for what most believe would be a real-life mission impossible for the young celebrity: beating up superstar actor Tom Cruise.
While it’s a little off-putting that Bieber, 25, would call out someone over twice his age for a cage fight, the bookies are pretty much universal in agreement that Cruise, 56, would decimate Bieber in a real brawl.
Whether it’s because the popular star constantly stays in tip-top shape in order to do his own stunts in the numerous action movies he’s been in over the years, or because Cruise was reportedly a stalwart pinning machine on his high school wrestling team, most people just don’t seem to be “Beliebers” in regards to a potential Cruise-Bieber showdown.
Regardless, UFC star Conor McGregor offered to help promote the fight, which kind of makes sense if you think about it. After all, McGregor has become the king of calling out people he can’t beat up over the last couple of years.
First, it was boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr, who stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their August 2017 superfight. Then it was Khabib Nurmagomedov, who submitted McGregor in the fourth round of their October 2018 megafight at UFC 229.
Kim Kardashian-West vs. Taylor Swift
Kim and Tay Tay’s feud began in 2016 over the lyrics to Kanye’s song, “Famous.” Basically Kim, who had married Kanye in 2014, took to social media to comment on whether Kanye had called Taylor to discuss the lyrics of the song, which referred to Taylor in an unflattering way, along with the content of the music video, which featured a Swift look-alike naked in bed with replicas of other celebrities.
Seriously though, what was Kanye thinking?
Anyway, each side claimed a different version of the story. Kim infamously referred to Taylor as a snake on social media, which ultimately led Taylor to do what she does best, using her real-life experiences and emotions to make music.
Come to think of it, that’s exactly what Kanye does too. So, it’s strange and a little weird that two people who are so similar in that regard could constantly get into so much trouble together.
As for an actual fight between Kim and Taylor, Kim definitely has the lower center of gravity but Tay Tay is about eight inches taller so the fight would largely depend on whether Taylor could keep the shorter Kim at the end of her assumedly longer punches.
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Dana White
Boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya openly challenged UFC president Dana White to a boxing match after White was critical of De La Hoya promoting a bout between former UFC fighters Chuck Liddell and Tito Oritz.
Or maybe it’s just that White was responding to allegations De La Hoya made during the build-up of his first MMA promotion about how much better he was at treating his fighters than the UFC.
Whatever the reason, this one wouldn’t really be fair because De La Hoya is a former world champion boxer, one of the best to ever have laced up the gloves. But White, at somewhere around 190 pounds, has a decent enough size advantage over the former welterweight champ and at least some legitimate history as a decent amateur boxer.
De La Hoya vs. White could be compelling for at least a little while so long as White could connect something hard enough to keep De La Hoya from just firing at will.
Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj
Rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj already brawled during Fashion Week in New York last year, but I don’t think either one really got to finish. Why not just lace up the gloves and settle things the old-fashioned way?
During the original dustup, Cardi was reportedly elbowed in the face by one of Nicki’s security guards. So, Cardi did what any red-blooded American might do and bum-rushed Minaj and her entire crew. Cardi was ultimately escorted off the premises, and she was later seen with a large bruise over her left eye, no shoes on her feet and ripped clothing.
The “rematch” would be wildly compelling. Both are similarly short in stature, so the fight would be more about tenacity and form than anything else. Would Cardi’s passionate aggression get her the victory in a straight-up boxing match? Could Nicki make her miss and pay?
Would Cardi’s security guard sneak into the ring to throw an elbow? A lot of variables to consider.
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