English singer Payne – who was previously part of One Direction with Harry Styles – gave his thoughts on YouTube prize fighting to Logan Paul during an appearance on his podcast Impaulsive earlier this week.
And he remarkably suggested that he would be more than happy to step in to the ring with KSI his preferred opponent.
Payne, 28, told Paul: “If there is a chance for me to jump in the ring and feel gladiatorial in the 21st century I am in.
“I love boxing as a sport and I think it’s fantastic.
“I would just enjoy the challenge and the road up to it would be great.
“Yeah I would fight KSI he would have to come down a few weight slots.
“But yeah I’d fight him. I like him too much though. I will fight whoever you want.
“But I don’t think Justin Bieber would do it. For the same reason I wouldn’t fight Trippie Redd, I don’t think he is on my level. But if he did want to do it I would.”
KSI, also 28, hasn’t responded to Payne’s challenge as yet.
However he recently took to YouTube to explain to fans why he can’t wait to ‘get back in the ring’.
The 28-year-old British YouTuber – real name Olajide Olatunji – hasn’t fought since his split decision victory over Logan in November 2019.
KSI said: “This is why, ladies and gentlemen, I’m so excited to get back in the ring now, I can shoot so many people out.
“Obviously, after beating Logan, I had to focus on one of my main goals in life.
“You know to do music. I have always been doing music throughout my life and it was somewhere I needed to pursue. Now, I feel like I’m in a very good space musically.
“What’s going on, what I miss, now you call all these motherf***** saying KSI ain’t this and that!
“Do you not understand who I am? I’m the king baby. It was Joe Weller, Theo Baker and then me.
“I took it to crazy levels and then was like I am out I will do music for a little bit but now I am back.
“I am so excited to get back in the ring and I will show everyone that I am the greatest YouTube boxer. And then there will be silence from all of these haters. I have been watching all of these p***** like Jake [Paul] and Austin [McBroom] thinking they are sick, just wait.”
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