|Born||Jun 19, 1993|
|Division||Cruiserweight Limit: 200 Pounds|
|Professional Record||4-0 (3)|
YouTube, rapping and boxing… KSI has just about done it all and he has made a grand return to the ring as he pursues a fight against bitter foe Jake Paul.
One of the strings to KSI's ranging bow is that he is a professional boxer and along with Wasserman Boxing's Kalle and Nisse Sauerland, he is one of the founders of Misfits Boxing.
KSI (Olajide Olatunji, or JJ) has been a YouTuber since he was a teenager and he has amassed over 20 million subscribers on his personal channel. He is a member of the Sidemen and their channel has 17.5 million subscribers.
The 29-year-old has also made an impact in the music world and his second album reached number one in the official UK charts.
He is one of the main figures who kickstarted the YouTube boxing scene and he beat Joe Weller and drew with Logan Paul as an amateur.
KSI's professional boxing career
KSI had a rematch with Logan Paul in November 2019 and this proved to be a huge event which was promoted by Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn and broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Brit was the aggressor over six rounds in the rematch and he overcame a couple of illegal punches from Paul to win via split decision. Two judges had it 57-54 and 56-55 to KSI, while the other scored the bout 56-55 to his opponent.
Hearn claimed in the aftermath that the event did two million PPV buys worldwide and both fighters had a $900,000 purse.
KSI had over two and a half years out of the ring before he was in the main draw of Misfits Boxing's first event on August 27, 2022 at the O2 Arena in London.
He fought two men in one night. He faced British rapper Swarmz and pro boxer Luis Alcaraz Pineda.
Neither proved to be tough adversaries and KSI was able to win with relative ease as he picked up two stoppage victories.
KSI's rivalry with Jake Paul
KSI has returned to boxing with the sole aim of fighting Jake Paul. The pair were expected to meet back in 2018 but JJ instead faced his brother, Logan.
Jake appeared on the undercard against Deji and he has since established himself as the best of the YouTube boxers.
He has progressed significantly while KSI has been away from the sport. He has produced devastating knockouts to defeat ex-NBA star Nate Robinson and respected mixed martial artist Ben Askren.
'The Problem Child' has since beaten UFC legends Tyron Woodley (twice) and Anderson Silva to add to his ever-growing CV.
Paul is expected to finally fight Tommy Fury in the early stages of 2023 and then a clash with KSI could come later in the year.
While Paul has been troubling former UFC stars, his rivalry with KSI has continued as they regularly butt heads on social media.
The idea of a fight at Wembley has been mentioned with the fighters set to make millions when this feud finally comes to a head.
Who will KSI fight next?
KSI knocked out influencer FaZe Temperr, who had stepped in as a late subsitute for Dillon Danis, with a convincing first-round knockout in early January 2023.
After the fight Joe Fournier, Tyron Woodley and Slim Albaher were some of the names KSI mentioned as potential opponents.
The 39-year-old Fournier has a 9-0 record as a pro boxer - but was beaten on points in an exhibition against former heavyweight champion David Haye in September 2021.
Haye and Fournier are known to be good friends and it's fair to say that the Brit went easy on his less experienced counterpart.
KSI net worth
KSI's wealth as of the start of 2023 is reportedly $25m.
KSI personal life
KSI's parents (Yinka Olatunji and Jide Olatunji) regularly appeared in his YouTube videos during his first few years on the site but they now only feature sporadically.
His brother - Deji Olatunji - has grown with him and he has over 10 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Deji has also made an impact in boxing. He was stopped by Jake Paul in his amateur debut on the undercard of the first KSI-Logan Paul fight.
He now has a 1-2 record as a professional boxer and he was beaten via TKO by Floyd Mayweather Jr in an exhibition bout in November 2022.
- Jan 16, 2023