YouTube Boxing Rankings: Ranking the Top 5 YouTube Boxers
YouTube Boxing Rankings: Ranking the Top 5 YouTube Boxers
While I’ll save the discussion of whether or not it’s good for the sport of boxing for another day, YouTube boxers are seemingly here to stay. From the Paul Brothers to overseas sensations such as KSI and AnEsonGib, YouTubes stars have quietly been turning out some of the biggest viewing numbers in boxing over the past few years.
Today, we take a look at the top five YouTube boxers currently fighting or that have fought over the past few years.
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5. Logan Paul
While there are others with more accomplishments, you just can't publish a list of the top YouTube boxers and leave out the one who battled Floyd Mayweather for eight rounds. Whether it was fixed is a different discussion and one you could have for every YouTube boxer on this list and beyond.
He also fought KSI to a draw, doing so on KSI’s home turf of Manchester England in August of 2018. One of the biggest stars on the platform, the older Paul brother, has taken time to recover (and count his money) since the Mayweather fight last summer, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a rematch is announced at some point.
Ali "Gib" El-Fakhri, a British YouTuber of Saudi Arabian descent, is one of the most adored YouTube boxers out there because of his relentless fighting approach. After winning his first fight through TKO, he engaged in one of the all-time great fights with Jay Swingler on the KSI vs. Logan Paul 1 card.
His professional debut came in January 2020 against Jake Paul thanks to those two victories fights and the ensuing wave of support from all over the UK. To meet Paul's weight, he had to bulk up from a light heavyweight to a cruiserweight, and he was knocked out in the first round in what was an obvious mismatch.
Gib stayed in shape and returned to the ring the following summer unfazed by the beating and the start of the coronavirus outbreak a few weeks earlier. Following a draw that night, he defeated the highly anticipated Tik Tok star Tayler Holder by decision.
In his latest fight, AnEsonGib took out Austin McBroom in the fourth round, setting himself on track for another big payday around the corner.
3. Slim Albaher
The influencer, who was born in New York, spends time traveling between the Middle East and the United States and is probably the least well-known on this list despite his accomplishments.
He has won all three of his boxing matches by way of knockout, including brutal knockouts of Yusef "Fousey" Erakat and 3Bidaaan beginning in 2019. After two matches last year, he has hinted that he will return this year, but no specific date has been set.
He took part in Tam Khan's Social Knockout promotion in Dubai, however, he has remained under the radar when it comes to big-time fights. Look for that to change in 2022 and beyond.
The Brit's decision to fight Weller in 2017 effectively launched YouTuber boxing as we know it today, and despite going into each of his three fights as the underdog, he has yet to lose. Having never before participated in any sport, he underwent an amazing physical transformation to take on the Brighton local in his debut bout.
When the two first met, Weller was a far more accomplished athlete due to his prior experience playing football at a high level and his reputation for having a lean physique. However, KSI brutalized his fellow Brit to set up a bout with Logan Paul after working himself into top shape.
When they first met, the older Paul had a lot of physical advantages over KSI, including height, reach, and an athletic background that included experience at the highest levels of wrestling. After drawing their first fight, KSI sneakily won their rematch in 2019 via a split decision.
He has now set his sights on Jake Paul, but after three years away from the ring, he will need a few warm-up matches before that were to ever take place. As of now, a January 2023 fight against MMA fighter Dillon Danis is on the docket.
1. Jake Paul
When it comes to YouTubers' boxing, nobody compares to Jake Paul. In August 2018, he TKO'd Deji, the younger brother of KSI, in the fifth round, and used that victory to launch a professional career.
The younger Paul decided to join the professional ranks in order to exact revenge on his family name after his brother Logan had been defeated by KSI in their rematch two months earlier. His victory over Brit AnEsonGib appeared to set up a confrontation with KSI, but the coronavirus pandemic prevented the match from taking place.
On the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., he went on to fight NBA sensation Nate Robinson and viciously knocked him out to create a viral moment that sparked even more interest. Paul had a great three fights in 2021, defeating ex-Bellator champion Ben Askren once and ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley twice.
In his latest victory, Paul defeated UFC legend, Anderson Silva, in a controversial unanimous decision win in October. Who's next? Whoever Paul decides of the next massive payday.
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