KSI DESTROYS Joe Fournier in round two as ‘The Nightmare’ defeats a 9-0 ‘professional’ boxer to remain undefeated… with Brit now looking for a bout against Tommy Fury, who he clashed with in the ring
- KSI claimed a stunning knockout victory over Joe Fournier on Saturday night
- Replays suggested the winning punch may have been an illegal elbow, however
- The Misfits event itself was marred by numerous brawls that broke out ringside
Like it or not, influencer boxing is here to stay. And on Saturday night, at a jam-packed and rocking OVO Arena Wembley, we moved one step further to yet more mammoth events as KSI defeated former pro boxer Joe Fournier in emphatic fashion.
Yet, the event was largely marred by a series of needless brawls, seemingly involving boxers Tommy Fury and Isaac Lowe – on different occasions – as well as fans in the crowd. As Misfits Boxing looks to increase its legitimacy, it wasn’t a good look. Boos were also heard during the pre-fight national anthem.
Nevertheless, KSI, or ‘The Nightmare’, as he goes by, proved to be just that, as the contest – scheduled for six rounds – was ended in the second three-minute stanza. Fournier, 40, was down and out and in no shape to continue – though replays showed the finishing shot may have been an elbow.
Sitting ringside and eagerly watching on was a newer member of the influencer scene in Tommy Fury, who of course handed Jake Paul his maiden defeat back in February. Fury and KSI clashed in the ring in the immediate aftermath, and a fight now seems on the cards.
KSI, 29, certainly made a statement as he remained unbeaten – but, as Paul has found out – the calls to fight someone his own age will only get louder. And calls to fight an active and legitimate boxer will too.
KSI (left) and Tommy Fury (right) clashed after the former defeated Joe Fournier in round two
Fournier was left flattened by a huge right hand, though replays appeared to show an elbow
The multi-skilled star has big plans, though, as both he and his coach Alexis Demetriades told Mail Sport in the build-up to his latest conquest. Fury and, of course, Paul, are on his hit-list.
In leading his Misfits brand, those plans extend well beyond just his own fights, however. Misfits Boxing and Prime – KSI’s hydration drink, which sponsored the event – were typically on full display, as this social media star continues to conquer multiple markets.
KSI started the fight fast, immediately tagging Fournier with the right hand. Fourier found himself on the canvas in the opening round, and even though it was simply a slip, it was caused by pressure and the warning signs were there.
Fournier then made a better start to round two, but he was quickly on the canvas following a clubbing right hand, which ended the fight in an instance. As stated, though, replays suggested perhaps it wasn’t a legal shot.
KSI immediately went on the front-foot as he looked to pressure the 40-year-old Fournier
‘The Nightmare’ celebrated his victory in style with his coach Alexis Demetriades (centre)
KSI’s brother, Deji, claimed an impressive win over rapper Swarmz earlier in the evening
Earlier in the night, KSI’s younger brother Deji was in action, taking on rapper Swarmz in the chief support.
The Brit put in perhaps a career-best performance, easing his way to a unanimous decision victory.
And beforehand, in one of the most eagerly-anticipated bouts of the night, Salt Papi – a Misfits fan favourite – took on his toughest test yet against former MMA fighter Anthony Taylor.
The social media star was somewhat exposed, however, as he fell short, losing for the first time as Taylor claimed a much-deserved unanimous decision victory.
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