Dillon Danis withdrawing from a boxing clash with YouTube sensation KSI didn’t surprise many people, including his replacement FaZe Temperrr.
Brazilian boxer turned influencer Thomas Oliveira (a.k.a. FaZe Temperrr, was scheduled to compete on the same card against a “mystery opponent”, who would only be revealed on fight night. With a faceless foe to prepare for, Oliveira admits he already kept KSI in his mind for Jan. 14.
Danis pulled out from the card after being deemed “underprepared”, “struggling with weight” and unable “to find a team that’s going to support him to bring him into the fight,” KSI’s manager Mams Taylor said when announcing Oliveira as the replacement.
“I thought that could happen, so I stayed ready,” Oliveira said on this week’s Trocacao Franca about the possibility of replacing Danis. “I’m not sure if they gave us a mysterious opponent because I had doubts about Dillon Danis [would fight],. I was confident that he would pull it off, so I kept ready .”
The Brazilian influencer, who holds a 1-1 record as a professional boxer after winning his most recent bout in mere seconds, said “I’ve always imagined myself fighting KSI and this opportunity came sooner than expected. It will be a battle Saturday
KSI has a longstanding rivalry with fellow influencer-turned-boxer Jake Paul after beating his brother Logan Paul in a boxing match early in his career and they have gone back and forth on social media about possibly meeting in the squared circle. Now, Oliveira hopes to steal that narrative with a win in London and set up his own “money fight” with Paul.
Paul improved to 6-0 as a professional boxer with his recent win over former UFC champion Anderson Silva. Paul beat UFC veterans Tyron Whiteley and Ben Askren via knockout boxing.
“That is what I want. He said that he could see it happening when he was fighting Paul. “I think this fight [Saturday] is way tougher than KSI imagines. My loss happened in August and was a blessing in disguise because if I hadn’t lost the way I lost, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this fight so soon. However, Saturday is a great opportunity for me and I know the things that will await me in the future. It’s possible for me to win .”