Jon Parkin, formerly a professional footballer for a range of English EFL sides, ranging from Preston North End to Stoke City, to Hull City has dramatically called out YouTuber and internet sensation KSI to a boxing match.
KSI, real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji rose to fame after creating a number of YouTube videos, mainly focused around the FIFA football gaming series. Since then, he has gone on to branch out into a number of different avenues, appearing on Channel 4's Celebrity Gogglebox, as well as becoming a musician, featuring on tracks with Craig David and Dua Lipa. KSI is also a member of the popular YouTube group, The Sidemen.
In 2018, at Manchester Arena, KSI fought American YouTuber Logan Paul in what was promoted as the "biggest amateur boxing match in history". After that fight ended in a draw, KSI was crowned victorious, beating Logan Paul on points, a year later in Los Angeles. In the 2019 fight between KSI and Logan Paul, the prize money was rumoured to be around £75 million for each fighter.
Speaking on the KSI v Logan Paul fight (on the Undr The Cosh podcast Series 4, Episode 6 with former Sunderland defender Micky Gray), Parkin remarked "it was brilliant, it was a proper scrap!". When asked whether he would get in the ring himself at some point in the future, Parkin responded by saying "yes, for charity I'd have a boxing match".
When discussing potential opponents, the potential of theBattle of the Beasts' was mentioned, where Jon Parkin would take on the Chase's Mark Labbett, this was rejected by the former Stoke City striker. Parkin quipped, however "that he would rather fight him than Anne Hegarty... can you imagine Anne throwing you around the ring?!".
Parkin remarked that both KSI and Logan Paul were "not bad technically" and both "proper had a go". KSI, has admitted that he would like another boxing match at some point and when Parkin was asked if he would take on the YouTuber and internet sensation, Parkin replied "get us on!". Parkin remarked, "if it gets us some more YouTube subscribers, I'm up for it".
Since his retirement, Parkin has become a co-host on the excellent Undr The Cosh podcast. Parkin co-hosts the podcast with fellow former footballer, former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Brown. At The Footy Gang, we love nothing more than a good football podcast and if you would like to listen to the latest Undr The Cosh podcast episode via Spotify, please click on the embedded Spotify link below.
Parkin, now 39, finished his footballing career at York City after a fruitful and somewhat eventful footballing career. Despite never making an appearance in the Premier League of English football, Parkin became somewhat of a cult hero for English football fans.
Parkin was a goalscorer on a regular basis before his retirement, and was nicknamed "The Beast" due to his powerful and aggressive nature. In 2019, Parkin released his book 'Feed The Beast' where the talisman discusses his footballing career, his cult status and offers excellent insight into the 'behind the scenes' stories that we football fans rarely get to see.
Parkin, never one to shy away from a controversial remark, previously stating his hatred for his former strike partner Jay Bothroyd. Parkin stated that the Bothroyd, the one-cap wonder for England, was "full of his own self-importance". The full article can be read by clicking the following link: Jon Parkin lambasts former strike partner Jay Bothroyd.
Jon Parkin v KSI boxing match coming to you in 2021. Watch this space.
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