Is YouTube Boxing Good or Bad for Boxing?
It’s rare for boxing pay per views to exceed 2 million PPV buys never mind 5 million buys which is crazy to think but it was achieved on August 25th, 2018 when a white collar boxing event was streamed on YouTube for a price of $10 or £7.50 which is barely anything for a PPV and despite the card having no actual boxers, the PPV did amazingly well so that begs the question, is YouTube boxing good or bad for boxing?
First of all, I’ll admit that I bought the PPV back in August and to be honest, I don’t regret it. I got a good night of entertaining fights and I think I got my money worth yet there’s thousands calling for a refund but why? They knew that they were paying for a card filled with either debuting boxers or boxers fighting for the second time. The reason why this card did so well was that there was big internet personalities such as KSI who has over 26 million subscribers while Logan Paul - his opponent has 23 million subscribers. You also have other Youtubers on the card which only made people watch the PPV even more.
The card was a huge success and it was actually the biggest internet event in history, it felt like everybody was watching this and for good reason too, it felt official. There was press conferences leading up to the event, there was face to faces, trash talk, a big venue, weigh-ins, tale of the tapes, a championship in the main event and even Michael Buffer. This card gained main stream attention, I miss the vibe of “August 25th” and I’m actually really excited for the rematch. If the card is still the same price for the rematch, I won’t even hesitate about buying, it’s fantastic value for money and I can watch the card whenever I want to, it’s a bargain.
Now, is YouTube boxing good for boxing? Personally, I really think it is as it gets the younger generation who isn’t really into boxing and watches these YouTube personalities into boxing and I’ve seen that in many cases and that’s just fantastic. I also think it’s really good as it’s just entertaining - not just the fight night but the lead up, the atmosphere and even the boxing itself. If you’re a boxing fan and you don’t like this YouTube boxing thing then you should as it’s not like it’s taking anything away from boxing, it’s only adding to it and in some ways, making boxing even bigger.