MEXICAN Luis Alcaraz Pineda is set to be the second of KSI’s two boxing opponents on Saturday night.
YouTube star KSI – real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji – returns to the ring after three years out.
Luis Alcaraz Pineda is the Mexican boxer fighting KSICredit: Misfits Boxing
Luis Alcaraz Pineda training for the fightCredit: Misfits Boxing
Luis Alcaraz Pineda will be KSI’s second opponent of the nightCredit: Misfits Boxing
And he plans to make up for lost time by extraordinarily fighting TWICE in one night.
He is set to open the DAZN pay-per-view event at the O2 against rapper Swarmz, real name Brandon Scott, 25.
And then he will close the card against little-known Pineda, 23, who was only drafted in on late notice.
Pineda is 2-5 and made his professional debut in 2017, losing but then winning twice after.
Although his form of late has been poor, losing his last four with three coming by knockout.
KSI was initially due to fight Alex Wassabi, 32, the American who beat his brother Deji in March.
But Wassabi was withdrawn amid a concussion scare and later controversially replaced by musician Swarmz.
The backlash was so fierce, due to Swarmz’s inexperience that KSI made the bold decision to recruit a second opponent.
That was meant to be Ivan Nikolov – although the Bulgarian was seen to be a white supremacist with neo-Nazi tattoos.
So KSI went back to the drawing board, replaced Nikolov with Pineda and the show goes on.
KSI’s comeback has been centred around building up to a grudge match with Jake Paul, 25, who is 5-0 as a prizefighter.
But Paul is yet to face a recognised boxer, something KSI is set to beat his arch rival to.
His manager Mams Taylor said: “I was like, ‘Bro, what if you fight a pro boxer before Jake Paul does’.”
But if Pineda, who is said to have had 50 amateur boxing bouts, gets it his way, he will be the one fighting Paul.
He told Viddal Riley: “If they give me the opportunity, I’m willing to fight Jake Paul.”
KSI and Luis Alcaraz Pineda at the pre-fight press conferenceCredit: Misfits Boxing
KSI comes face to face with Luis Alcaraz PinedaCredit: Misfits Boxing
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