The internet celebrity will contest two three-round cruiserweight battles, first against a fellow musician and then a professional boxer in front of a sold-out crowd at London’s O2 Arena, in the first MF & DAZN: X Series crossover event.
It is KSI’s first return to the sport since November 2019, when he famously earned a split-decision victory over rival Logan Paul on his professional debut at Staples Center in Los Angeles, having drawn with the American in Manchester the previous year after already stopping another YouTuber in Joe Weller in white-collar fights.
The Sidemen star and entrepreneur will now hope to produce another statement as he looks to secure a lucrative showdown with Logan’s younger brother Jake Paul, while Tommy Fury and the hugely controversial Andrew Tate have been named as another potential future opponents.
While Mexican Pineda is a pro fighter with a record of 2-5, rapper Swarmz is a boxing novice and late replacement opponent for another YouTuber in Alex Wassabi, who had to pull out with concussion at short notice.
Saturday’s undercard features KSI’s brother Deji and a host of other internet stars. Here’s all you need to know!
KSI vs Swarmz and Pineda date, start time, venue and ring walks
KSI’s boxing return takes place tonight, Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the O2 Arena in London.
KSI vs Swarmz is set to kick off the fight card at around 7:10pm BST, before he returns to the ring later on for the main event, due at approximately 10:25pm.
As ever, those timings are subject to change and depend on the length of the other undercard bouts.
KSI vs Swarmz and Pineda fight card/undercard in full
KSI vs Luis Alcaraz Pineda
Faze Tempter vs Slim Albaher
Deji vs Fousey
Faze Sensei vs King Kenny
Salt Papi vs Andy Warski
Sam Hyde vs IAMTHMPSN
Deen The Great vs Evil Hero
KSI vs Swarmz
How to watch KSI vs Swarmz and Pineda
TV channel and live stream: In the UK, tonight’s event is being broadcast live on DAZN pay per view.
Current subscribers to DAZN will have to pay £11.99 to watch, while it’s £19.98 for new customers. A subscription to DAZN currently costs £7.99 per month in the UK.
Live blog: Follow all the action on fight night with Standard Sport’s dedicated LIVE blog of the entire card.
KSI vs Swarmz and Pineda prediction
KSI should secure a lightning fast knockout against a boxing novice in the opener.
A pro fighter - albeit one with a woeful record to date - in Pineda should cause him more issues, but it’s hard to back against two comfortable victories for the Londoner on Saturday.
KSI wants two emphatic stoppages and will likely get them.
KSI vs Swarmz and Pineda weigh-in results
KSI looked in terrific condition as he tipped the scales at 180lbs on Friday at a lively weigh-in marked by another run-in with old foe Weller.
The slim Pineda came in at 179lbs, while Swarmz - who took the fight on two weeks’ notice - was almost 20 pounds heavier than his opponent at 199lbs and only just inside the cruiserweight limit.
KSI vs Swarmz and Pineda odds
KSI vs Swarmz
KSI to win: 1/25
Swarmz to win: 8/1
KSI vs Pineda
KSI to win: 1/5
Pineda to win: 10/3
Odds via Sky Bet (subject to change).