YouTube star Alex Wassabi wants ‘epic battle’ with rival Deji for boxing debut
Social media sensation Wassabi quit social media to focus on his headlining fight with British star Deji at the SSE Arena, Wembley in March, and says he has been training regularly for three years.
Alex Wassabi would rather go the distance and win a decision than stop rival Deji early in his boxing debut.
Wassabi, real name Alex Burriss, is set to take on Deji Olatunji in London on March 5 in the main event of the inaugural Showstar Boxing event.
And he quit his 11.5 million subscriber YouTube channel in a bid to focus on getting a win in his first fight, which he wants to win the hard way.
Wassabi, who has starred in TV shows such as iCarly and Escape The Night, is one of America’s best-known social media stars, while Olatunji is one of the UK’s biggest internet celebrities. .
And they will represent their country in front of thousands in London’s iconic arena, as well as countless other pay-per-views around the world.
“I’m so excited,” Wassabi told Mirror Fighting in his first interview since signing to headline the event. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long.
“He finally had the guts to accept the fight against me – the only things online about me right now are my first fights I’ve ever had.
“My plan is to box this whole year, until 2023, I want to dedicate my life to boxing and do nothing but box, recover, stretch or whatever.
“I don’t want to miss this opportunity, who has this opportunity in their life?
“My very first fight, no amateur fights, no professional fights, and I can fight at Wembley – I’m not going to pass that up.
“So many people around the world want this, so I’m just excited to finally get the chance to get in there and want to do it for the rest of the year.
“If someone wants to fight me, they have a year to do it!
Olatunji, whose brother is rapper and professional boxer KSI, knows this could be his last chance to forge a boxing career like his brother after losing his first two fights to Jake Paul and Vinnie Hacker.
And Wassabi himself has a checkered past in the sport.
He went viral when he faced his friend Yusef ‘Fousey’ Erakat in the final weeks of his training camp for his fight against Slim Albaher in 2019, and was knocked out during the filmed session.
Wassabi continued to train and tried to compete in the Social Gloves event held in Florida last summer, but couldn’t earn a spot after losing to Nick Ireland in tryouts.
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But he worked with trainer Ramon Espada, who trained Gerland Washington, and professional boxers such as Logan Paul sparring partner and 12-1 fighter Vlad Panin.
Now he expects a tough battle with Olatunji, which he believes he can win due to his superior fitness both physically and mentally.
“Deji’s only chance of beating me is if the nerves get to me,” Wassabi explained. “So I looked for how to get used to it, because everyone says it’s not possible.
“So I’ve fought so many fights for my friends over the last few months, professional fights for them or their friends.
“I ask people to let me wipe their gloves and do their hair because I want to experience what it’s like to be in there.
“I want it to be a good fight, I’d rather win a decision than win by knockout in the first round because I want it to be an epic battle – it’s my first fight!
“I don’t just want to win, I guess that would be cool, but I want it to be something I deserve, so if he sabotages himself mentally, it’s going to be a tough win for me.”
Tickets are on sale now at showstarboxing.com and through AXS for Showstar Boxing 2022, which will also feature Faze Temperr, King Kenny, Vitaly, Kristen Hanby, Armz Korleone and musician Minikon.