Helwani proposes to setup Masvidal vs KSI after talks with Tommy Fury fizzle out

In the realm of influencer boxing, names like Jake Paul and KSI (real name Olajide Olatunji) have been making waves. KSI’s contributions to the growth of influencer boxing have been undeniable, and he was expected to take his combat sports journey a step further by facing Tommy Fury later this year.

However, it seems that the much-anticipated clash between KSI and Fury may not materialize due to disagreements over the weight limit. Consequently, the YouTube sensation turned boxer might be on the lookout for a new opponent to face in October.

During a recent episode of The MMA Hour, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani interviewed Jorge Masvidal and proposed that he consider challenging KSI.

He said: “KSI is trying to fight Tommy Fury, but the fight is falling through, and I know they are looking for a new name for October in the U.K… You’re around the same weight. Jorge [vs.] KSI, you’re like exactly the same weight.”

Jorge Masvidal responded skeptically, expressing his doubts about KSI’s willingness to accept the match. He said: “I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think that dude would ever take the fight. Are you kidding me? Hell no, bro. Are you kidding me?”

Not one to back down, Helwani offered his assistance in making the hypothetical matchup a reality. He said: “I think I could make it happen.”

Jorge Masvidal’s most recent bout was on April 8, where he suffered his fourth consecutive UFC loss against Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision. Subsequently, Masvidal made the decision to hang up his gloves and retire from MMA.

Nevertheless, he has remained involved in the combat sports community through his promotions Gamebred Boxing and Gamebred Bareknuckle.

During the same episode of The MMA Hour, Jorge Masvidal called out KSI and shared his perspective on the ongoing debate: “That dude’s not trying to die on TV, he’s not. He’s fighting other dudes, and he’s barely surviving. Do you think he’s gonna get in there with me?… Like I said, these are the fights that I want. These guys have been in this what? Two, three, four, five years? Come over here, please.”