Austin McBroom told us he’d knock Bryce Hall out in the first round. Instead, it took him three. During Saturday night's “Social Gloves: Battle of the Platforms” boxing match, the YouTuber dominated his fight against Hall, landing 29 punches to Hall's 10. By the end of the third round, Hall was bruised, bloodied, and unable to continue. The ref stepped in to stop the fight.
The night’s other big fight between AnEsonGib and Tayler Holder ended in a controversial majority draw finish. Most fans thought YouTuber AnEsonGib won the fight. After all, he landed 47 total punches (38 power), compared to Holder’s 21 (16 power), but it wasn’t enough to convince the judges who declared the match a draw.
“I know in my heart that I won," AnEsonGib said during a post-fight interview. "I was the most dominant, and respect to Tayler, but I beat you. These aren't even my fans and they're cheering. So I know I won. I was robbed tonight. I worked very hard for this day and I was robbed. In my heart I know I won."
Overall, YouTube dominated the night. The OG creator platform won five out of seven fights. The only TikTok star to win his fight was 19-year-old Vinnie Hacker, who took down YouTube star Deji in an unexpected knockout. TikTok star Michael Le, who recently told Esquire that he wanted people to respect him outside of his dance skills, was unfortunately knocked out early on in Round 2 by the infamous YouTube gamer FaZe Jarvis.
Look, if we’re measuring in dollars, everyone who participated in Saturday night’s fight is a winner. Even losers like Bryce Hall made bank. In the spectacle-filled weeks leading up to Saturday’s fight, McBroom and Hall both claimed to have signed $5 million contracts that also granted them 4% of pay-per-view sales.
Official figures won’t be in for a few weeks, but if Saturday night’s fight comes anywhere close to netting the one million $49.99 pay-per-view purchases that the Flody Maywheather and Logan Paul exhibition brought in, both McBroom and Hall stand to make an absurd amount of money—perhaps enough to make make you question if they’re really doing it for the love of the sport.
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