Anthony Joshua believes that the fight between YouTuber’s KSI and Logan Paul is a good thing for the sport.
The two vloggers fought last August in Manchester to a draw and have recently announced a rematch which will take place as a professional fight in November.
Last August’s fight was not a professional bout, which means that this time around they have to obtain licenses and they'll have to fight without headgear.
The former world champion Joshua thinks that the publicity will be good for boxing as a whole.
“I think it’s sick, he could have promoted it from a point of view that’s non-boxing, but getting their licenses, no head guards, rounds of boxing.
“What people have to realise is, you have to put all eyes on boxing for us all to thrive.
KSI and Logan Paul have a bigger following than me and most of the heavyweights combined.
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“If all those eyes are now going to watch me and watch my competitors and watch the sport of boxing, it’s going to rise,” Joshua said of the benefits to the fight.
But the Hertfordshire-born boxer issued a word of caution to the pair.
“I’ll always say I’m for it, so good luck to both of them, I hope they take it seriously because they can earn some respect here.
“People look at them as a joke now, and they doubt them, but if they take it serious and they put on a good performance people might scratch their head and say, “Hang on a minute, this weren’t such a bad idea."
The fight, which is taking place in Los Angeles, is being organised by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who has spoken about how he’s changed his tone on the idea of the two YouTube personalities fighting.
“Thirteen months ago when the first fight took place, I smirked and pondered how embarrassing it would be to stage this event in a 20,000-seater arena.
“What I saw was a phenomenon; a sold out arena, over one million PPV buys but more importantly an energy of a new audience to the sport of boxing.”
Hearn added: “When I was asked to be involved in the rematch it got me excited but I had some requests to help integrate the two audiences.
“I requested that both fighters turn professional and undergo the same medicals that any other fighter would.
“I asked that the fighters lose the headguards and use 10oz gloves, if we are going to do this then let’s do it properly.”
The fight between KSI and Logan Paul will take place on November 9 in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.News Now - Sport News