One would argue that tonight was the biggest night in Influencer Boxing history, and for The Prime Card, it just flat out did not deliver. All you have to look at is the co-main and main event. Two awful fights that have left a sour taste in every fan’s mouth. In the Paul-Danis matchup, only one fighter dominated the fight and showed up to actually compete. In the main event, both fighters did not want to fight, but rather partake in a hugging contest.
Tonight certainly showed that at the end of the day, this is strictly entertainment, and only that. If you are seeking high-level boxing and some of the best fighters in the world, you are simply not in the right place. Though, to Misfits credit, they have been able to build a niche audience of younger children as well as the few that genuinely enjoy this, predominantly in the U.K. As far as the undercard, it wasn’t too bad. But the problem is the majority of viewers were only tuning in for those last two featured bouts.
Logan Paul vs. Dillon Danis
Let’s start with the co-main event.
It seems like Dillon Danis went out there and attempted to pull off a performance similar to Nate Diaz against Jake Paul (put on a good performance and maintain your stock). Yet Dillon failed to do that. He failed miserably even in the times when he wanted to go outside of the boxing rules and assert his dominance. Yet he couldn’t even do that.. Tried to get Logan on a takedown, failed.. Tried to get Logan in a guillotine choke, failed. Yes, I know it was a boxing match, but Danis’ boxing is not even worth discussing as it was completely non existent. But let’s do it anyway…
Danis came forward with just his hands up the whole fight, did not throw any punches, absolutely nothing of note. The Jiu-Jitsu practitioner landed about fifteen shots all fight I believe. I mean there’s no world in which Danis was doing anything of note. On top of it you get disqualified and now your pay may be in jeopardy. Just a disaster of a situation all around for Dillon. I would say this fight failed to deliver most, and unfortunately for Misfits, this was really the one everyone was tuning in to watch.
Tommy Fury vs. KSI
Now we go onto the main event. It was a very close fight and given the point deduction to Tommy Fury, I actually thought KSI won this one. Ariel Helwani even said himself at one point that they are literally clinching each other every two seconds, and upon saying so, they proceeded to clinch each other immediately. It was pretty much the story of the fight.
No disrespect to Tommy, but for someone who grew up in the Fury family, trains with arguably the greatest boxer on the planet, has been boxing for FAR longer than all these other fighters, he is not nearly as good as he should be.
Bad Night For Influencer Boxing
I felt that a lot of the luster that Jake Paul carried in previous fights was lost after his defeat to Tommy Fury back in February. And I fear the same has just happened to KSI. Part of the fun was to see how far they can go with the “YouTube Fighter” gimmick until someone better finally makes them pay the price. Much like Jake Paul, KSI has just gotten a taste of that. Jake Paul even poked fun at his bitter enemy after the fight.
With Jake Paul, KSI both defeated, and Fury’s intentions to now fight ‘real boxers”, this may be the beginning of the end for this very particle genre of boxing. The event was promoted extremely well, in large part due to Dillon Danis’ circus antics. And so how the card played out will have no impact on the potential Pay-Per-View numbers. However, going forward, this has put a big stain on Misfits Boxing and beyond that, the influencer boxer scene overall.
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