#sports activities KSI return breaks into DAZN top 5 most watched boxing evens in history
EXCLUSIVE: KSI’s return to the ring breaks into DAZN’S TOP FIVE most watched boxing occasions in history, outperforming Taylor vs Serrano and Chisora vs Pulev in 2022 alone… with solely Usyk vs Joshua and Canelo vs Bivol above them this yr
- KSI made his return to boxing in August as he claimed two wins in one evening
- The occasion broke into DAZN’s top 5 boxing occasions in phrases of watch time
- It was seen greater than historic bout Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano
- The occasion was the primary of a collaboration between KSI’s Misfits Boxing and DAZN
- KSI claimed stoppage wins over rapper Swarmz and 2-5 professional boxer Luis Pineda
KSI marked his return to the ring by stopping two opponents on one evening final month, with the occasion breaking into DAZN’s top 5 exhibits in history in phrases of precise watch time.
The occasion, held at a offered out O2 Arena, was watched greater than high-profile bouts Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano and Derek Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev in 2022 alone, additionally outperforming Conor Benn and Josh Warrington playing cards.
The solely DAZN occasions to surpass KSI’s return in 2022 are Dmitry Bivol’s beautiful win over Canelo Alvarez in May and Anthony Joshua’s rematch defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August.
KSI made his return to the ring in August as he claimed two stoppage wins in one evening
The occasion was watched greater than high-profile bouts Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano (left) and Derek Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev (proper)
The occasion noticed versatile entertainer KSI begin and finish the invoice, stopping rapper Swarmz and 2-5 skilled boxer Luis Pineda.
Initial opponent and fellow YouTuber Alex Wasabi was pressured to tug out by means of harm, whereas an array of YouTubers and TikTok stars had been additionally on present.
It was the primary present of a brand new collaboration between KSI’s Misfits Boxing and DAZN entitled ‘MF & DAZN: X Series’, with Hassim Rahman Jr – who had been scheduled to struggle Jake Paul in August earlier than the bout was cancelled as a consequence of a weight dispute – to tackle MMA legend Vitor Belfort in October.
DAZN EVP Joe Markowski advised Sportsmail: ‘By any metric you need to use, that was one of many largest occasions DAZN have ever completed in boxing.
‘I’m personally very blissful to be again in that house, as a result of KSI vs Logan Paul II, November 2019 on DAZN, that kind of gave start to superstar boxing at that scale.
‘Covid occurred and we stepped away, with good motive, however it’s now again, and it is again in an enormous manner.’
KSI claimed a stoppage win over 2-5 professional boxer Luis Pineda in his second struggle of the evening
It got here after KSI stopped rapper Swarmz in the opening bout of the evening on the O2 Arena
KSI will return to the ring in both January or February 2023, with Logan Paul doubtlessly set to characteristic on the identical card. No opponents have but been confirmed.
DAZN need to construct on the success of the opening present, which was watched by followers in over 200 international locations, and broke DAZN data in phrases of every day TikTok figures and weekly Snapchat figures, with over 130million social impressions in whole.
The actual variety of PPV buys – priced at £11.99 for current subscribers and £19.98 for brand spanking new subscribers in the UK – has not been disclosed. However, Sportsmail can reveal 90 per cent of all UK purchases had been by new subscribers.
DAZN additionally noticed a specific inflow of followers from Australia, India and the Nordics, with a brand new document day for most worldwide customers on the platform outdoors of core markets.