The popularity and surprising watchability of February’s slugfest between YouTubers KSI (Olajide Olatunji) and Joe Weller, instantly propelled the fight to the top of our short list of the the best celebrity boxing matches off all time.
YOUTUBER BOXING BELT
After winning his boxing debut, KSI gave his blow-by-blow reaction to the fight in a video which garnered more than 2 million views just six hours after it was posted.
In his post-fight ring interview, KSI called out America’s most popular YouTubers — brothers Jake and Logan Paul. Logan eventually accepted the challenge and the two are slated to duke it out in London next month. With the seriousness each party is approaching the fight, we fully expect it to claim a spot in our top five celebrity boxing matches, but for now here are the best of the best…
KSI VS JOE WELLER
On February 4, 2018, KSI claimed the unofficial YouTube boxing belt by stopping Weller by TKO with half a minute remaining in the third round.
DOLPH LUNDGREN VS OLEG TAKTAROV
In 2007, Dolph Lundgren faced Oleg Taktarov in Russia’s King of the Ring event. Taktarov won on points after an action-packed fight.
TODD BRIDGES VS VANILLA ICE
In 2002, on the premiere episode of Fox’s short-lived and much-derided Celebrity Boxing series, Todd Bridges faced one-hit wonder Vanilla Ice. Despite Ice having Tank Abbott working in his corner, Bridges stayed in control throughout nearly the entire fight, flooring his opponent in rounds one and two. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in Bridges’ favor.
DANNY BONADUCE VS DONNY OSMOND
Donny Osmond teased Danny Bonaduce “as a poseur, just flexing that flab” after working out at the same Chicago gym. Goaded on by a local radio personality, the two agreed to a three-round boxing match in 1994. Bonaduce won by split-decision after both men provided plenty of entertainment in the form of flailing punches and illegal wrestling headlocks.
DUSTIN DIAMOND VS RON PALILLO
The second and final episode of Celebrity Boxing featured a “Battle of the Nerds” in the form of Dustin Diamond vs Ron Palillo. Diamond, sporting a goatee, tagged the considerably shorter and older Palillo with a couple of black eyes on way to notching a TKO victory with a minute-and-a-half left in the second round.