The American has come to London to face hometown fighter Deji in a massive YouTube boxing match, and the profits he makes from the fight will be going straight to his family
YouTube star Alex Wassabi has pledged to donate his substantial debut boxing purse to his brother’s college fund.
The social media sensation will face Brit Deji in his first fight, and has promised that everything he hasn’t spent on his camp will be going to making sure his younger brother Andrew.
He will step between the ropes at the OVO Arena Wembley this weekend after years of build-up between he and his rival, with a hostile London crowd expected.
But he says that he is ready for his debut having cornered teammates for their professional fights and learning his craft over a number of years.
“Everything that didn’t go to my training camp is going to my little brother,” Wassabi told Mirror Fighting . “He means the world to me.
“It’s all going towards his college fund – everything I do is partially for him.”
The American is planning to stay active in 2022, with a possible series of fights available should he win on his debut this weekend.
There is no shortage of social media stars now looking to step into the ring, and a win over British fan-favourite Deji would drive Wassabi back to the top of the YouTube food chain.
But unlike previous opponents Jake Paul and Vinnie Hacker, Wassabi will be facing a more motivated Deji, who understands that a third loss would spell the end of his boxing career.
“I have no ill-feeling towards the guy,” Wassabi said of his opponent. “I’m proud of him.
“I know that’s weird to say about someone that you’re fighting but seeing the shape he’s in and the seriousness with which he’s taking this makes me very happy.
“I want a serious fight and I want to go in with somebody that isn’t going to be easy.”
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Wassabi has previously said he wanted to go the distance in an effort to show off the boxing ability he has cultivated over the past few years, as opposed to landing an early knockout.
But he has slightly changed his tune, saying that as long as Deji can prove his toughness and make the fight difficult, he’ll be looking for a stoppage.
“I’m down to knock him out,” he joked. “I’d just prefer if he was tough enough to make it through.
“If we can make it to the end that’d be dope, whatever happens happens and I’m going to win either way.
“It took a few days to get used to the jet lag but I’m starting to feel better now.
“I like to think of myself as a nice guy, but when it comes to competition I’m fully focused and fully in.”
Tickets are on sale now at showstarboxing.com and via AXS for Showstar Boxing 2022, which will be headlined by Deji vs Alex Wassabi.
If you’re outside of the UK, you can watch the fight on PPV via the Showstar website for £6.99.