Previewing YouTube vs. TikTok: Battle of the Platforms

By Zarko Naric in Boxing
| June 4, 2021 7:49 am PDT

If someone asked you only a year ago whether a YouTuber would get a chance to fight an undefeated boxing legend, you’d probably say no. But, in 2021, Logan Paul is going toe to toe with Floyd Mayweather!

Exactly one week after the exhibition bout between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather, another marriage between boxing and social media is going to happen. YouTubers and TikTokers will square off inside the boxing ring.

Logan and his brother Jake have inspired their fellow YouTubers to put the gloves on. It was only a matter of time before TikTokers were going to get involved.

YouTube vs. TikTok: Battle of the Platforms is the event when they are getting on the stage. As the name of the event suggests, some of the biggest stars from both platforms will get into the ring.

The fight between YouTube star Austin McBroom and TikToker Bryce Hall is going to headline the event, with seven other fights on the card.

AnEsonGib is making his comeback to the ring after an embarrassing first-round KO loss to Jake Paul in January 2020.

Another victim of Jake Paul is also coming back into the ring. Deji Olatunji is back to boxing for the first time since Jake beat him in summer 2018.

YouTube vs. TikTok: Battle of the Platforms Overview

  • When: Saturday, June 12
  • Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
  • How to Watch: LiveXLive

The event officially titled “YouTube vs. TikTok: Battle of the Platforms” is taking place on Saturday, June 12 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, which has a maximum capacity of 80,120 people.

Due to COVID regulations, only a limited number of fans will get to watch the fights in person. To get in, they will have to pay at least $111 for tickets available at Fevo.com.

Those who don’t have the opportunity to watch the event from the stands of Hard Rock Stadium have the option to watch the event on LiveXLive through PPV.

The main PPV package costs $49.99 (although there are some service fees as well), which will grant you free access to LiveXLive services for six months, together with an exclusive NFT (non-fungible token).

You can find the latest odds for the event at the following betting sites.

YouTube vs. TikTok Fight Card

  • Austin McBroom (YouTube) vs. Bryce Hall (TikTok)
  • AnEsonGib (YouTube) vs. Tayler Holder (TikTok)
  • Deji (YouTube) vs. Vinnie Hacker (TikTok)
  • DDG (YouTube) vs. Nate Wyatt (TikTok)
  • Faze Jarvis (YouTube) vs. Michael Le (TikTok)
  • Tanner Fox (YouTube) vs. Ryland Storms (TikTok)
  • Landon McBroom (YouTube) vs. Ben Azelart (TikTok)
  • Ryan Johnston (YouTube) vs. Cale Saurage (TikTok)

Austin McBroom vs. Bryce Hall Preview

The biggest fight of the evening is the one between Austin McBroom and Bryce Hall, who combined have almost 40 million followers on their respective platforms.

McBroom is the founder of a YouTube channel The ACE Family, which currently has 19 million followers. With over 4.2 billion views, The Ace Family videos basically chronicle the daily life of a wealthy family from sunny California (although, since recently, they live in Miami).

It does sound family-friendly, but the channel is no stranger to controversies. Let’s just say there was a video involving penis-shaped lollipops and children.

If you’re wondering how Austin McBroom got his fame, it doesn’t have much to do with YouTube. Prior to his social media career, was a college athlete, a basketball player to be precise.

Being an ex-athlete might mean he has a good chance against his TikTok nemesis. Still, at the moment of writing, Bryce Hall is a slight favorite with the odds of -125 (1.80). Odds on his opponent are -105 (1.95), suggesting that it’s going to be a close fight.

Odds are reflective of bettors’ behavior. They change depending on how much money is wagered on each outcome.

The fact that Bryce Hall is a favorite might not mean that he’s actually better – we don’t know that as neither fighter has fought a boxing bout before.

Instead, the odds could mean that Hall’s fans are simply more willing to put their money on their favorite.

AnEsonGib vs. Tayler Holder

It wouldn’t be a sacrilege to say AnEsonGib is one of the forerunners of YouTube boxing. He was the opponent in Jake Paul’s first professional boxing fight (from where Paul went on to beat Nate Robinson and Ben Askren).

Unlike Paul, AnEsonGib had other things on his mind than boxing. In fact, the fight with Tayler Holder is going to be the first time he gets into the ring since the loss to Paul.

Although his opponent doesn’t have any previous experience with boxing, AnEsonGib’s chances don’t look very good. The reason? It’s just that Holder seems to be much superior physically.

However, Gib’s advantage might not come from physical strength but mental power. He’s already started playing mind games not just against Holder but all the other TikTokers-turned-boxers.

“The TikTokers could not sell food to a starving person. They renegade, they can’t do anything.”

AnEsonGib wants war and Tayler Holder is going to give it to him!

Other Fights Worth Watching

Together with the main fight of the event, the bout between AnEsonGib vs. Tayler Holder is getting the most headlines. But, what about the other seven fights we’ll see at YouTube vs. TikTok: Battle of the Platforms?

Deji vs. Vinnie Hacker is the one that stands out. One of the reasons is that Deji Olatunji is the younger brother of the UK’s second-most popular YouTuber, KSI.

If you’re not too into the UK YouTube scene, KSI might still be a familiar name – he’s the guy who beat Logan Paul in a professional boxing bout in 2019.

Same as his brother, Deji also has decent followership on YouTube. And same as KSI, he also has boxing experience! However, unlike his brother, Deji started his career with a loss to the other Paul brother, Jake.

Deji is taking on an 18-year-old TikTok start with no boxing experience. Instead of fighting, Vinnie Hacker has been focusing his energy on producing short comedy videos on TikTok, where he has over 7.3 million followers.

In another interesting draw, two influencers who use social media platforms to promote their music are going toe to toe – DDG and
Nate Wyatt.

Nate Wyatt has more significantly more fans on TikTok than DDG has YouTube subscribers. Whether its jealousy or just his fighting spirit, but DDG did promise to knock out Wyatt at Battle of the Platforms.

Then, there’s the fight involving YouTuber Ryan Johnston, who is the brother of Catherine Paiz, the wife of Austin McBroom. He is squaring off with Cale Saurage, a comedy content creator on TikTok.

That’s not the end of McBroom family connections as Austin’s brother Landon McBroom is also fighting in this event. He’s taking on TikTok skateboarder Ben Azelart.

These fights do start out, but it doesn’t mean you should skip the other ones. As we have no idea about these guys’ boxing skills, who knows, we might be in for a real treat!

To bet on any of the bouts, check out the best boxing betting sites.

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