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Ben Davies

KSI criticised for "ducking" Joe Fournier after Dillon Danis withdrawal

KSI has been accused of "ducking" Joe Fournier after announcing FaZe Temperrr as his replacement opponent.

YouTube star KSI - real name JJ Olatunji - was set to make his latest bow against MMA star Dillon Danis at the OVO Wembley Arena next Saturday night but his opponent has withdrawn. The British star was once again prepared for the withdrawal having faced a similar fate with rival Alex Wassabi last year, so elected to choose FaZe Temperrr who was set to compete on the undercard.

It is expected KSI will fight three times this year with the final test potentially set to be a mega-fight with YouTube rival Jake Paul. However in the meantime, undefeated boxer Fournier who was considered as an opponent, has been reposting messages of disappointment from fans who believed he would be the late replacement.

One wrote by message: "This is bulls***, KSI knew you would beat him so that's why he ducked." Another agreed: "Do you have any idea why KSI didn't give you the fight? Unless he was scared of course." One fan added: "KSI knew this would happen that is why he is ducking you. KSI v Fournier has to be next."

A fan also suggested another potential replacement, writing: "I wish you or Tyron Woodley could have been a replacement, but KSI never challenges himself." Another continued: There is no way I really wanted this fight. Said you were the replacement and now he is ducking."

One even made a brutal prediction for his grudge match with Paul, writing: "KSI is just a b**** bro. He is ducking everyone and fighting a guy who wants to get his redemption win. If you ever fight him you should break his face before he gets to Jake because Jake will murder him for real." A fan concluded: "It's sad how much he picks fights, calls himself 'The Nightmare', then fights people who can't box and half his size."

YouTube star KSI will now fight FaZe Temperrr (PA)

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Fournier has nine wins as a professional boxer but has fought just once since 2016, where he returned with a comfortable display over Andres Londono in April 2021. KSI returned earlier this year with two wins in one night against rapper Swarmz and professional fighter Luis Pineda, and he was heavily linked with fights against Woodley and Tommy Fury.

The YouTube star has hit out at Danis in a lengthy rant after his withdrawal but will now focus on his new upcoming opponent. KSI said: "He made his excuses and knew he couldn't handle what I bring to a boxing ring. This answers the question whether he's a fighter or not.

"He's a warrior alright, a keyboard warrior, and hopefully he's learnt to leave the real men to speak with their actions rather than hollow words. That being said, my focus won't be distracted from the task at hand and that's FaZe Temper."

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