Kingpin Boxing will be at the center of a clash between several substantial social media stars when the first leg of its 16-fighter tournament kicks off on Saturday.
One of the more intriguing match-ups on the card features YouTubers AnEsonGib and Austin McBroom, who shared six knockdowns when they fought in 2022.
Influencer Elle Brooke — the recipient of more than 55 million likes on TikTok and counting, by the time fight week, rolled around — will also feature, as well as 6ar6ie6, an Australian describing herself as a “six-foot goth girl who likes dolls and lifting heavy things”.
Here’s what we know about Kingpin Boxing and its involvement in the tournament.
What is Kingpyn Boxing?
Kingpyn is an organization that puts on fights between high-profile individuals not usually known for their boxing.
These have often been influencers and YouTube stars, taking advantage of the crossover appeal of celebrities stepping into the ring have enjoyed.
Among Kingpyn’s fights in 2022, Brooke beat AJ Bunker in the co-headline bout of a card at London’s O2 Indigo billed as “the biggest TikTok boxing event of the year.”
AnEsonGib was dropped early in his fight with McBroom but stormed back and dropped his adversary five times. Following a generous attempt by referee Jack Reiss to keep the fight going, he called it off, awarding AnEsonGib the knockout win.
Kingpyn’s involvement in High Stakes
The High Stakes tournament features eight men and eight women with a combined social media following said to eclipse 210 million.
Kingpyn is organizing the event at the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena, dubbed “the world’s first influencer boxing tournament”.
The tournament is structured over three events marking the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, with each boxer fighting three times.
That means the winners and losers face each other in the second event and the closing event arranges further fights to decide the final tournament standings.
When is Kingpyn Boxing: AnEsonGib vs. Austin McBroom 2?
- Date: Saturday, April 22 | Sunday, April 23
- Start time: 1 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. GMT | 3 p.m. AEDT
- Main event: 5 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. GMT | 7 p.m. AEDT (approx.)
The first round of the Kingpyn Boxing tournament starts on April 22. The main card is at 1 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. GMT | 4 p.m. AEDT, while AnEsonGib and McBroom should make their way to the ring around 5 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. GMT | 7 p.m. AEDT, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
Kingpyn Boxing schedule: High Stakes Tournament events
The semifinals take place on June 3, 2023 at the Three Arena in Dublin.
The finals are on August 5, at London’s O2 Arena, London.
Kingpyn Boxing: AnEsonGib vs. Austin McBroom 2 results
This page will be updated after each event.
- AnEsonGib vs. Austin McBroom 2; men’s tournament
- Whindersson Nunes vs. Filip Marcinek; men’s tournament
- King Kenny vs. My Mate Nate; men’s tournament
- Jarvis vs. Tom Zanetti; men’s tournament
- Elle Brooke vs. Ms. Danielka; women’s tournament
- Whitney Johns vs. 6ar6ie6; women’s tournament
- Emily Brooke vs. Amber O’Donnell; women’s tournament
- Daniella Hemsley vs. Jully Poca; women’s tournament