Update: Dillon Danis has pulled out of the fight vs KSI, citing "unpreparedness" and concerns about making weight. KSI will now box Thomas Oliveira, better known by his YouTube name "FaZe Temperr." The odds have yet to be released on the new fight.
Another celebrity boxing match? I mean, why the heck not?
In yet another head-shaking twist to the sweet science, YouTube star Olajide Olatunji, better known as KSI, will challenge controversial former Bellator fighter Dillon Danis in a 175-pound boxing match. The six-round exhibition main event takes place January 14 at the OVO Arena in London.
KSI vs Dillon Danis Odds
Sportsbook has released its KSI vs Dillon Danis odds, with KSI the decisive -450 favorite and Danis the +325 underdog. Using our odds calculator, that means if you were to bet $10 on the favorite, you would win $12.22 (your original $10 bet and a profit of $2.22). Of course, betting on Danis is far more lucrative, with a $10 bet returning a profit of $42.50.
Odds as of December 29 at Sportsbook
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KSI vs Danis Odds Analysis
As far as odds go, there’s not a ton to draw from. KSI has more boxing experience – he was a -800 and -2500 favorite, respectively, in his last two exhibition boxing matches and won both fights by knockout. The Englishman’s 2019 bout vs Logan Paul remains his lone pro fight. KSI won that fight via split decision, cashing as a moderate underdog (around +200, depending on the sportsbook).
Danis, on the other hand, is more of a grappler than a puncher and has never boxed at the professional or amateur level. The 29-year-old last fought at Bellator 222 in 2019, beating Max Humphrey by first-round armbar and cashing as a -2000 favorite. In 2018, Danis fought Kyle Walker as -1250 chalk and won by first-round submission.
KSI: Strengths And Weaknesses
As far as celebrity boxers go, KSI isn’t the worst. The 29-year-old is fast, hyper-aggressive and succeeds with repeated traditional jab-overhand combos. He seems smart enough to know when to mix in the body – which set up his KO win over Luis Alcaraz Pineda – and keeps himself relatively protected.
Like all celebrity fighters, KSI’s technique could use some polishing – he likes to fully extend his arms on hooks – and there are obvious concerns about cardio, especially against a longtime mixed martial artist like Danis. Still, KSI is a steady enough puncher and will hold a two-inch reach advantage over “El Jefe.”
Danis: Strengths And Weaknesses
Since there won’t be any takedowns inside the squared circle, we’ll have to analyze Danis’ standup attack. Frankly, there’s not much to judge from.
In Danis’ Bellator fights, he appears light on his feet, bouncing rhythmically out of the southpaw stance. His movements and forward pressures look much more natural than KSI’s, which speaks to the American’s experience in combat sports.
From limited footage of Danis training, I don’t love what I see from his striking. He seems labored and, like KSI, his hooks seem erratic, not crisp. I think we’ll see Danis use the clinch to his advantage, utilizing some MMA-style dirty boxing he might be more familiar with.
The kicker here is what shape Danis rolls up to the fight in. KSI seems dedicated to his career as a boxer, while Danis is all talk, no action. His last Bellator fight was nearly four years ago, and – from my casual understanding of Danis’ everyday persona – discipline doesn’t seem to be his strong suit.
KSI vs Dillon Danis Pick
KSI is sharper and more motivated. He looks in much better shape than Danis and has infinitely more boxing experience.
The real question is if KSI has enough juice in his punches to knock out his latest opponent. Since Danis is a grappler, it’s hard to say how strong his chin will be, but I imagine he’ll either tangle his own feet and tumble to the canvas or KSI will drop him permanently.
This will be a very ugly fight. But for us to see any value, we’ve got to take KSI by knockout.
Prediction: KSI (-450) by knockout (TBD)