KSI v Logan Paul 2: Eddie Hearn tells talkSPORT why he got involved in rematch after snubbing first fight


KSI v Logan Paul 2: Eddie Hearn tells talkSPORT why he got involved in rematch after snubbing first fight

Eddie Hearn has revealed that he got involved with the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch after seeing the huge popularity of the first fight.

Hearn had been asked to promote the first bout between the YouTubers in 2018 but dismissed the idea.

However, it earned the pair millions and sold out the Manchester Arena – prompting the Matchroom promoter to get involved.

KSI and Logan Paul will meet in the ring on Saturday night
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Hearn told talkSPORT: “They are not the greatest of fighters either of them, to be honest with you, and it’s a bizarre event.

“The first one was Manchester Arena. They are the two biggest YouTubers in the world, good athletes but different world, different audience.

“They asked me to get involved for the first fight at the Manchester Arena and I said ‘no chance’.

“Two YouTubers, don’t be ridiculous. Where is it? Manchester Arena. Don’t be ridiculous, 20,000. Who’s broadcasting it? Pay-per-view, no one will watch.

“A 20,000 sell-out later, 1.4million pay-per-view buys and a really good fight and I thought to myself ‘I’m definitely doing the rematch’. So here we are in Los Angeles.”

KSI and Logan Paul will be fighting at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Saturday to settle their ‘beef’.

Eddie Hearn is working with KSI and Logan Paul ahead of their fight in Los Angeles
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Their first match ended as a draw and this time they will be fighting as professionals for the six round encounter.

One the undercard, Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO super-middleweight world title against Marcelo Coceres.

Despite being the support act, Saunders believes it represents a good chance to him to showcase his talents to a US audience.

“I have always thought that ‘main event’ and ‘chief support’ is bulls***, the best fight of the night steals the show,” the Brit said.

“Being told ‘you are top of the bill’ is b******* to me because long before the fight you know your opponent and your purse.

“The rest doesn’t matter as long as you put on a good performance. I made mistakes early in my career but now I want my name out there for the right reasons.

“I want the fights with Canelo, Golovkin and Danny Jacobs.”