The boxing world is astir, not just for a fight, but for an unfolding drama that promises more twists and turns than a soap opera. With Logan Paul poised to step back into the ring, the global boxing community waits with bated breath. His opponent? The elusive Dillon Danis. Come October 14, Manchester’s AO Arena will witness not just punches, but high stakes drama under the Misfits Boxing banner, featuring a main event with KSI and Tommy Fury.
Over two years ago, Logan Paul stepped into the ring, not against a fledgling boxer, but the legendary Floyd Mayweather. Since that bout, the YouTube sensation has shifted gears, showcasing unexpected talents in WWE—a venture where he’s proved he’s more than just talk.
Now, the boxing world is buzzing as Paul is set to re-enter the scene against Dillon Danis, a fight scheduled for the Misfits Boxing show on October 14. It’s a showdown that’s been making headlines, and not always for the right reasons.
Dillon Danis isn’t just any opponent. This Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu maestro has a knack for making headlines. The last time he was seen in combat action was at Bellator 222 in June 2019. While his grappling techniques have earned him accolades, his recent claim to fame is more for being unpredictable. He promised fans two fights this year as per his Bellator deal, but as we approach the tail end of the year, there’s been radio silence.
Further muddying the waters, Danis reportedly accepted to endorse a fictitious NFT venture earlier in February. While this piece of gossip is yet to be verified, it’s certainly added more spice to the drama that seems to follow him.
This isn’t Danis’s first dance with high-profile boxing events. Earlier this year, a scheduled face-off with KSI was on the cards. The arena? The iconic Wembley Arena in London. However, as fate would have it, Danis withdrew at the last minute. Misfits’ Mams Taylor was quick to weigh in, suggesting that Danis was “under-prepared, has no coach, might be struggling with weight.” With Danis out, KSI found himself opposite FaZe Temperrr.
Given this backdrop, one might wonder why Misfits would take the ‘risk’ of scheduling Danis again. As the age-old adage goes, “bad publicity is still publicity.” Streaming the event, DAZN pay-per-view must indeed be relishing the scenario, gearing up their social media cannons for the “crazy” Danis posts, reminiscent of his abrupt KSI dropout.
However, Paul, ever the astute businessman, has ensured this fight isn’t like the others. Speaking on his podcast, Impaulsive, he divulged a stringent clause tailored for Danis: “If [Danis] pulls out because of some sort of injury that he fakes, a doctor of our choosing has to verify the injury. Then, if he is indeed faking it, he has to pay $100,000. There is a pull-out clause.”
His distrust isn’t unwarranted, as he added, “No, that’s the other issue. He’s broke. This guy sucks.” Paul doesn’t mince words when it comes to his disdain for Danis, calling him “the parasite of MMA and the combat world.” In a chilling prediction, he said, “His name will never be uttered again. He’ll die that night twice — physically, and his name, his legacy, it all disappears.”
Yet, Paul is also wary of Danis’s reputation for bending the truth. “He is a troll… He makes everything up, and a lot of it is fake. Some people will believe what he says, so I’m gonna have to have a fact-checker on board.”
As the event inches closer, both fighters are turning up the heat on social media. Danis quipped about his upcoming debut, jesting about the Pauls’ combat phobia. Paul, in his classic style, retorted with a promise to “erase” Danis from existence.
So, as the sands of time run down, the global audience is left with a tantalising question: will Danis step into the ring or will history replay its familiar tune? Manchester awaits, and so does the world.