Highlights: KSI knocks out Swarmz in round two, more to come – Left Hook

Highlights: KSI knocks out Swarmz in round two, more to come - Left Hook

KSI knocked out Swarmz in the second round of their online celebrity boxing match today at London’s O2 Arena, kicking off a show that will see KSI return in just a few hours to face Luis Alcaraz Pineda.

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The fight was, to be honest, pretty awful. Swarmz, a British rapper, had reportedly never put on a pair of gloves before stepping in shortly a few weeks ago. He also reportedly had to lose 12 kg (about 26 lbs), and somehow these things were marketed as selling points.

But it was clear within seconds of the opening bell that Swarmz had no clue what he was doing in a boxing ring, and while KSI isn’t exactly a boxing genius, he’s been training a lot longer and a lot more seriously than Swarmz, and it showed.

Swarmz were reduced mostly to running around the edges of the ring in terror, spinning around cluelessly and occasionally throwing some of the worst punches you’ll ever see in a ring, looking like a pro wrestler “missing a clothesline” on a couple of them that seemed to be targeted to someone approximately the height of Tyson Fury.

Swarmz was dropped in the first round, though it wasn’t exactly pure technique or highlight reel-worthy. He managed to survive that round, but huffed and puffed in the corner, and KSI took him down again early in round two, with Swarmz happy to take the 10 count for the knockout. He was fully aware of his surroundings and everything, he had just finished.

“He moved quite a bit. He did little flips and stuff,” said KSI after the big triumph. “I’m ready for my next one. It’s good to be back.”

“Obviously, I had 20 days to lose 12 kg. But if anyone wants it, any YouTuber, I’m ready,” said Swarmz after his inspiring performance.

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  • Sam Hyde TKO-3 IAmThompson: It wasn’t… good. Both narrowly avoided throwing up, so they have that going for them. The finish came after a pair of standing eight counts, rare in real boxing but probably useful here.
  • Salt Papi TKO-1 Andy Warski: Warski came out square like a kid in third grade trying to stand up to his bully, got hit with two left hands, and that was it, he was done. He complained about the stoppage — which happened in 29 seconds — but he really shouldn’t have been allowed to continue, and the referee got it right. Salt Papi has also been billed as “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” which is absurd enough that you have to respect it.
  • King Kenny MD-4 FaZe Sensei: Scores were 38-38, 39-38, and 39-37, the latter two both for King Kenny, so that gives him the majority decision victory. There was some conversation in the broadcast about a standing eight count against Kenny not being counted for a 10-8 first round, but that is not “automatic” in amateur boxing, and the “sanction” of this event was made by a company that mainly. makes amateur fights. Also, I don’t care. I mean both of these guys were way above average skill for this “influencer” boxing. It’s always very quickly clear who has at least taken some basic training seriously and who hasn’t, and both of these guys have.

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