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KSI v Tommy Fury review: KSI can take credit from Fury chaos

KSI and Tommy Fury settled their feud in Manchester on Saturday but it left fans with more questions than answers. 

Fury was awarded a controversial majority decision victory over KSI by the judges, but it was a scrappy contest and failed to live up to the billing. 

Fury got the verdict to take his record to 10 wins from 10 contests, but it was difficult to tell the difference between the professional boxer and the YouTube star. 

The Misfits boxing promotion continues to gather popularity and it will be interesting to see where the two fighters go next.

Fury fails to unleash

Fury is billed as a professional boxer, but on the evidence of both the contest against KSI and his battle with Jake Paul, TNT would struggle to get the better of even a domestic-level cruiserweight. 

It was a scrappy contest in Manchester on Saturday night, with Fury struggling to land any meaningful punches and much of the bout was fought on the inside or in clinches. 

The 24-year-old was docked a point in the second round for punching on the back of the head, while the Manchester man was unable to establish a jab. At times it appeared the Manchester Arena contest was more of a wrestling match than a boxing bout. 

KSI has only one pro fight on his record, but it was difficult to argue that Fury was levels above the YouTuber, and any ambitions of a British title challenge, never mind world level contests, may have to be shelved. 

Speaking to in-ring interviewer Ariel Helwani immediately after the fight, Fury appeared to have called time on his cross-over journey before swiftly backtracking on the comment. 

“A lot went on in the build-up. I'm done with this cross-over” 

However, he then added: "Any of the Pauls want it, I welcome it with open arms."

Perhaps Fury will look to move back into the mainstream fight game, but on the evidence of his latest two bouts, it’s difficult to see TNT making an impact in the professional ranks. 

KSI can take pride

On paper, it was YouTuber v professional boxer on Saturday night, but KSI performed well enough to not look out of place in the boxing ring. 

The Londoner has an unorthodox approach, but he was well conditioned and showed enough intelligence to stop his highly-rated opponent landing any power shots. 

The 30-year-old looked to have done enough to take the second round, after Fury’s point deduction, and the Nightmare landed a good right hand on TNT in the third. 

The fourth and fifth rounds saw limited action, with the referee failing to control the holding and grappling, but KSI didn’t appear out of place. 

The judges awarded Fury a majority-decision victory, much to the dismay of KSI. who was visibly enraged by the decision after the fight. 

However, the Londoner appeared to see the positives in the performance, despite the defeat, and he shared an upbeat message on X shortly after the bout. 

“Appreciate all the kind messages from everyone. In the ring and watching it back I feel like I should have won. 

“Either way I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to in the end. This little untalented nerd was able go toe to toe with a professional boxer. 

“Use me as the living proof that hard work and self belief can get you anywhere in this life.”

It remains to be seen if KSI will get in the ring again, and there will no doubt be calls for a rematch, but the 30-year-old certainly deserves credit for the application he clearly showed in the build up to the fight. 

Misfits future

KSI, Logan and Jake Paul and Fury are the big tickets in the money-making Misfits promotion. However, Logan Paul’s clash with Dillon Danis was a complete farce that descended into chaos and KSI’s contest against Fury was hardly a glowing advert for the promotion. 

Fury and KSI appeared to have cooled on their involvement in future fights and the promotion needs to find new stars that can actually deliver the action and skills that the fans want to see. 

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