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Sports News of Tuesday, 17 January 2023


YouTuber Ryan Taylor quits fight after taking one punch from rapper Swarmz

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For the second time in less than a year, a Ryan Taylor fight ended in farcical controversy as the YouTube star quit within a minute against Swarmz.

The rapper is a fan-favourite among influencer boxing followers after stepping in at late notice with no prior experience to face KSI back in August. And in so far as it can be called one, he got his first win after Taylor decided not to continue after what he deemed a clash of heads, and the referee ruled a punch, seconds into the bout.

Swarmz was declared the "winner" by a doctor's stoppage despite hardly landing a punch, leading to a stoppage within a minute. The OVO Arena Wembley erupted as the musician was declared the winner, his first ring win after only starting training back in August for the farcical KSI bout.

He lost that one by way of an embarrassing second round KO after being dropped multiple times, but against an opponent more his speed, he managed to get a victory. He immediately called out both Deji and King Kenny after the bout, even having a brief head-to-head with the latter on stage during his post-fight interview.

"It was a touch, we call it a likkle touch," Swarmz said seconds after the stoppage in an on-stage interview with DAZN. "I've been working hard for this moment as everyone saw me get battered by KSI, calling me a ballerina. It's been playing on my mind so I had to get redemption.

"I'm a musician that has come into the boxing game I can't wait bro. Next fight I'm ready. Where's Deji? Where's King Kenny? All the respect, I'm a fair guy. Deji and Kenny are top of the game, top five. I can't wait for it to happen."

Taylor entered the fight as favourite given his previous fighting experience, having competed thrice over the prior ten months. However, he had never won; taking bloody and brutal beatings at the hands of Anthony Taylor and Slim Albaher after a DQ loss in his debut against DK Money.

It was in this same venue that Taylor headbutted the American Tik Tok star last March and was disqualified. The Brit redeemed himself with spirited defeats against Taylor and Albaher, both of whom far outranked him in experience, but will struggle to get fans back onside after his latest outing.