The Controversial Match
Held at the Wembley Arena, the match between KSI and Fournier was one of the most anticipated events of the season. However, it ended in a controversy that left fans and critics alike questioning the integrity of the match.
Initial Jabs and KSI’s Early Right Hand
The first round of the match kicked off with both men exchanging jabs, attempting to find their footing and rhythm. KSI managed to land a hard right hand early in the match, setting the tone for the fight that was to follow.
Fournier’s Complaints and the Action Break
Fournier found himself on the canvas within the opening minute, but this was the result of a throw by KSI during a clinch rather than a clean knockdown. The 40-year-old Fournier complained about punches to the back of his head, causing a break in the action.
KSI’s Strategy and Footwork
KSI was seen putting Fournier on the back foot while employing dramatic footwork. He expended a lot of energy chasing Fournier around the ring, but surprisingly, did not land many clean punches.
Fournier’s Solid Start
Round two saw Fournier starting off solidly, countering his opponent with a firm right hand. However, this initial success was short-lived.
KSI’s Hard Right and Pursuit
KSI responded with a hard right of his own, which seemed to rock Fournier. As Fournier backed away, KSI pursued him relentlessly, preparing to throw a follow-up right hook.
The Unseen Elbow
In a shocking turn of events, KSI missed his intended right hook and instead, his elbow connected with Fournier, sending him crashing to the canvas. The referee, however, missed this crucial incident.
KSI’s Victory and Initial Response
In the blink of an eye, Fournier was counted out and KSI was declared the winner. When questioned about the elbow incident, KSI brushed it off, claiming he had landed a massive shot, and that Fournier was scrambling, trying to hold on to him for dear life.
Fournier’s Reaction and Appeal
Fournier, however, refuted this claim, expressing his outrage over the result of the match. He insisted that the KO should have been a disqualification due to the intentional elbow, and he expressed his intention to appeal the decision.
The Instagram Post
Taking to Instagram, Fournier wrote: “I knew fighting the promoter there would be every angle in his [favour], but to call this a KO instead of a disqualification after an intentional elbow is disgusting! We will be appealing this decision Monday and I hope both [KSI and Misfits Boxing, and Professional Boxing Association] do the right thing and show their integrity to the sport of boxing!”
KSI and Tommy Fury Confrontation
The controversy didn’t end there. After the match, Tommy Fury, another boxer and reality television star, entered the ring and confronted KSI. The pair exchanged heated words, creating a tense atmosphere.
Anticipation of a Future Match
Despite the controversy surrounding the match, the confrontation between KSI and Fury hinted at a potential future showdown. Fans are already excited about the possibility of a match between the two later this year.
The controversial KSI versus Joe Fournier match has not only sparked debates but also opened up a plethora of possibilities for future celebrity boxing matches. While the integrity of the match has been questioned, it has certainly added a layer of intrigue to the sport, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what’s next in store.