Celebrity boxing is a satire, but the punchline is an unexpected one | Jonathan Liew

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The bout between KSI and FaZe Temperrr underlines the phenomenon’s growing popularity and poses questions for the sport itself

The fighters circle each other uncertainly, a little skittishly, pawing at fresh air, loosening their limbs, feeling the spring and thud of the canvas under their boots. It takes them around 15 seconds to get bored of that and start swinging at each other.

KSI flings a straight right that looks uncannily like a man falling into a bus. FaZe Temperrr, a little off-balance, responds with a check-hook that brings to mind a guy trying to pick up a cat in one arm. Approximately half a minute in they start trading, although again this description seems somehow inadequate. What really happens is that KSI runs at Temperrr wildly flailing his arms, and so Temperrr also starts wildly flailing his arms – you know, the way any of us would in a similar situation – before finally entangling themselves around each other like a pair of discarded Christmas trees on a Sidcup pavement.

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Written by Jonathan Liew
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2023/jan/23/celebrity-boxing-is-just-like-the-real-thing-vulgar-fake-and-often-void-of-quality under the title “Celebrity boxing is a satire, but the punchline is an unexpected one | Jonathan Liew”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.