EXCLUSIVE: KSI Speaks About His Upcoming Fight With Joe Weller

The time is almost upon us. KSI and Joe Weller will finally settle their differences on Saturday 3 February when they touch gloves at the Olympic Park, London.

'KSI' Olatunji and Weller have a combined total of 21.6 million YouTube subscribers. They have forged a legendary status on the platform and there's no denying the fact that the pair share larger than life personalities.

But the similarities stop there.

KSI speaks in his first interview ahead of the fight on February 3rd...

In recent months the pair have exchanged YouTube diss tracks and tweets, not to mention when the pair clashed on stage at the Upload event in September last year amidst chants of 'fight, fight, fight'.

With nine days until the biggest fight in YouTube history, the question still remains: who will be able to 'walk the walk' after 'talking the talk'?

This fight has already been tipped to hit 20 million views and nine days before the highly anticipated bout, Oddschecker grabbed an exclusive interview with the man himself.

<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW248571223" "="">Q) <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW248571223" "="">So, KSI - how's<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW248571223" "=""> training going?

"It's been pretty intense, my body has been aching, I've been running a lot, doing a lot of cardio, pushing everything and I'm very ready. I'm feeling very calm, not nervous at all- I just want to get in the ring and beat the shit out of Joe.

I guess, get revenge for him pushing me and trying to ruin my name. He said that I don't care about mental health, it's very personal.

I have an ex who had problems about mental health, so it's angered me a lot to think he thinks I don't care about mental health. I want to kill him in that ring. Kill him to the point where the referee has to stop it."


<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW248571223" "="">Q) You envisage this fight being finished?

"Yeah, he's getting knocked out. How does the fight end? It depends how I want it to end.

If I feel like it could end in round two or three, I might cool off a bit so I can be in there for more rounds so I can beat him up more. I want to enjoy this moment.

It's pretty much sadistic, but I want to enjoy this moment and beat the shit out of him."

<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW248571223" "="">Q) So, you can see this going into the later rounds, you don't want it to be quick?

"I don't want it to be quick, if it's quick then it's funny, I'd be down for a rematch if he wanted. I really enjoy it - it's an awesome feeling being able to fight.

I've never been in this shape in my life. It's really exciting."

Q) Is there any other You Tubers that you fancy a fight with after this fight with Joe?

"I mentioned Logan Paul. I know Rio (Ferdinand) is doing some stuff with BetFair. I'd fight Rio, why not? A lot of people think Rio would destroy me, but they haven't' seen me in the ring.

I'd beat Logan Paul, he needs to train how to be a boxer. I know he's got a wrestling background, but this isn't MMA.

I've got the edge, the way I train is quite disgusting. The way I train is constant, lots of running - lots and lots and lots of running.

Drills, boxing, training, lots of sparring - it's intense."

Q) It's been priced up by the bookies as a really close fight, you've been priced at 4/5 and Joe as 10/11, how do you think the odds reflect your skills?

"I think I should be a bigger favourite. The odds should be better for me - I'm a bigger guy and I've got more reach.

I can take this fight wherever I want it to go, and I don't think he can last as long as I can. I don't think he's expecting me to be as good as I am or training like I am.

As soon as he finds out how hard I've been training - and feels my right hand - he's going to be very scared."

<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW248571223" "="">Q) You've been keeping quiet from the media, this is the only interview you've done before the fight, talk to me a bit about your reasoning behind that?

"The media can be quite distracting for me, so I've been keeping a low profile until after the fight where I can say whatever I want.

Obviously people will see my body at the weigh in and press conference and be shocked at my transformation. Obviously this is just four months. If this is four months, what can I do in a year?

It's going to be a big event; millions of people are going to watch it. I'd be capable of going nine rounds, I can go for longer."

Q) You're obviously taking this very seriously, could you see yourself turning professional one day?

"Who knows? I can do what I want - that's how my life has been. If I enjoy something I put my all into it and succeed in it."

Q) Finally, you mentioned how much you hate Joe Weller. Which is handy, considering you get the chance to fight him in just a couple of weeks. Just how personal is this with Joe?

"It's very personal, it's one of the most personal things I've done in my life, and I've never hated someone as much as I hate Joe Weller.

Physically being in front of him makes me want to punch him in the face. I think it's essential at the weigh-in and the press conference that we have body guards beside both of us."

"Because, I'm going to tell him to try and push me again, I'm going to dare him to push me again. If you were Joe Weller sitting in front of me just now, you'd be dead.

I wouldn't hesitate. We fight and then I win. I win by knock-out. He's going to make it a fight, but I know I've won."

Who will be victorious - KSI or Joe Weller?

To see the Oddschecker betting odds for the KSI vs Joe Weller fight, click HERE

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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