YouTube star KSI wants to test himself against Floyd Mayweather after watching his old rival Logan Paul go the distance with the boxing legend.
The British social media star, whose real name is JJ Olatunji, just got his first number one album with his sophomore release ‘All Over The Place’, and reunited with Paul for a number of appearances.
The American showed up on KSI’s online spectacular ‘The KSI Show’, before also showing up in a video with the Brit’s YouTuber supergroup the Sidemen.
In return, Olatunji showed up on Paul’s podcast Impaulsive, where the pair discussed their rivalry and newfound friendship, as well as KSI’s plans to fight Logan’s younger brother Jake.
And during an interview with Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’ show, Olatunji said that he still trains, and could one day fight Mayweather.
“Oh yeah, yeah. I still train,” he said, while shutting down talks of a trilogy with the elder Paul brother “I think for me, people want to see me fight [YouTuber] Austin McBroom, see if I can beat [boxing legend Floyd] Mayweather.”
“People want to just see what happens”, KSI added when asked what attracts people to watching social media influencers step into the boxing ring.
The YouTube star joked during his appearance on Paul’s podcast that he would ‘f*** up Mayweather’, and said that it is necessary for success in the sport of boxing to believe that you could beat any given opponent, even a 50-0 legend.
“People will be like, ‘What? KSI thinks he could beat Mayweather? Shut up!'” He explained.
“And then it’s like, ‘alright, cool, let’s go then,’ then it happens and everyone’s like, ‘Oh damn.’
“That’s the thing, but people don’t understand that we train like boxers man, because we’re going in there with the world watching.
“Everyone is saying we can’t do this we can’t do that, but do you think we’re going in there like ‘oh we’re YouTubers, we should try and just wing it’?
“No way bro, winging it is kind of what Deji [Olatunji’s brother, who lost his two fights to Jake Paul and Vinnie Hacker] did, he thought he could get away with doing the bare minimum.
“He thought, ‘I’m kind of strong, I’ve kind of got some technique, I should be able to just do it’, but bro, we go in and we are gladiators.
“We have to prove to everyone that we can fight, and we’re going to f***ing do it, and nobody can say s***.
“And when we do it people go ‘oh we didn’t expect that’, but come on man, we’re YouTubers that’s how we are.”
Paul and KSI shared the ring twice in 2018 and 2019, fighting to a draw at amateur level in their first bout before a professional rematch the following year.
Olatunji won the rematch by way of a controversial split decision, and has gone from strength-to-strength since.
He released the hit single ‘Down Like That’ off the back of the bout, which led to his debut album ‘Dissimulation’, which reached number two last year.
And he finally reached the number one spot on Friday with his second album.
Paul has gone on to continue his boxing career, taking on Mayweather in an exhibition bout last month which went the eight round distance in Miami.