Dubbed the battle of the brothers, the KSI vs Logan Paul and the Jake Paul vs Deji bouts were long-awaited and ecstatic events. For many spectators, the shows were near-perfect breakouts for the Youtube stars whose creativity may often be constrained in their videos. With a combined subscriber count of well over 70 million, the brothers’ in-ring performances clearly had them also smiling to the bank just like they do from their individual YouTube careers. Here’s all you need to know about the stars’ bankability both on and off social media.
KSI vs Logan Paul
Beyond his fame as an internet personality, England’s KSI who was born Olajide William Olatunji is also a rapper. He is one of the most controversial YouTube stars. With over 20 million subscribers, KSI rose to fame following his varied content ranging from music to football and comedy. His match with Paul Logan wasn’t his first as he had previously fought fellow Brit YouTube star Joe Weller in a highly publicized boxing match.
An Ohio high school wrestler and former State Champion, Logan Paul is also a social media phenomenon who boasts of over 19 million YouTube subscribers. Logan dropped out of Ohio University to pursue a career in entertainment.
Two of YouTube’s biggest personalities apparently had a long-standing beef and agreed to settle their dispute in the ring. Some may probably know the stars from their 2018 controversy which led to a match that was considered “biggest internet event in history” that year.
The sold-out boxing match which was eventually held in Manchester, UK, on August 2018 was preceded by long months of drama, shit-talking, and hype. But contrary to expectations, the show seemed more like a collaboration between KSI and Logan Paul than a match of genuine rivalry.
The contest had Logan Paul start strong and leading in the first two rounds but by the third round, KSI dished in heavier blows. Whilst the Manchester Arena match which had at least an 18,000 live audience and about 800,000 online viewers ended in a majority draw, it was a financial success generating about $11 million in revenue. Since the outing did not result in a winner, it implied that KSI retained his “YouTube Championship Belt” from his initial win against Joe Weller. But prior to the first controversial bout, the YouTube stars penned an agreement for a two-fight deal.
Fans were excited when it was announced that there will be a KSI vs Logan Paul rematch. This time around, the immensely hyped follow-up fight between two of YouTube’s biggest personalities will not be an amateur engagement but one done under professional rules! Promoted by Matchroom Boxing, the second KSI vs Paul face-off is slated for November 9, 2019, at the Los Angeles Staples Center. As usual, the online audience won’t be left out of the fun as they can watch the show on the sports live streaming app DAZN.
Jake Paul vs Deji
A competitive wrestler trained to be a member of the US Navy Seals, Logan Paul’s younger brother Jake Paul rose to fame for posting songs, vlogs, and comedy sketches on his eponymous YouTube channel which boasts of over 20 million subscribers. The cocky YouTube star is also an actor who has a few screen gigs to his credit.
KSI’s younger brother is also an internet sensation who is better known as a Comedy Shorts Gamer. Deji has over 9.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel where he posts a variety of gaming, family, and comic content.
KSI and Logan Paul’s long-awaited first clash was apparently a family feud between the Olatunji’s and the Pauls which has become known as the battle of the brothers. The 2018 Manchester Arena show was actually a day of fights for four siblings as there was also an undercard of the KSI vs Logan Paul match.
The battle of the younger brothers saw Jake enter the ring sporting a Batman character mask. The younger siblings traded blows with the Englishman starting stronger in the opening exchanges and knocking out blood from Paul’s nose in the first round. But the American later took over and clearly dominated the third and fourth rounds, forcing Deji to throw in the towel by the fifth round. Though Olatunji fought an amazing fight, Paul won the undercard bout via technical knock out.
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Who Makes More Money on YouTube?
With a combined subscriber count of well over 70 million, the highly publicized KSI vs Paul Logan as well as the Jake Paul vs Deji matches were sure money-making ventures. Both money and time were invested by thousands of fans across the globe just to watch the internet sensations smack each other down. Hence, you can predictably bet that the matches between all four YouTube stars who boast of millions of subscribers were hugely lucrative for all industry stakeholders.
Besides the match, their various YouTube channels undeniably rake in a lot of money for the stars. In addition to their lucrative internet careers, these guys also make money from endorsements, acting, merchandise businesses, music, and lots more. While the Olatunji brothers KSI and Deji are reportedly each worth $11 million and $5 million, respectively, Logan and Jake Paul’s wealth has been pegged around $14.5 million and $11.5 million, respectively.