Creator Clash: Do We Need More Events Like This in the Future?
Recently, we’ve seen a spate of ‘creator-driven’ boxing matches kick off around the world. In the last few years, we’ve seen the likes of KSI, Logan and Jake Paul, Joe Weller, MoneyKicks and even FaZe Jarvis take to the ring to throw a few punches. However, on May 14th, an unprecedented event took place, with 18 content creators travelling to Florida to compete in the first-ever Creator Clash. It was a sold-out show that has left fans wondering whether or not we need more events like this in future?
Before the show had even started, a Creator Clash 2 event was teased. There can be no doubting the popularity of this event, with the 10,000 seat arena being sold out and hundreds of thousands of viewers tuning in from all around the world. Featured at this event in either a competing or commentary capacity were some of the biggest names in content creation.
Given the success of Creator Clash, and the growth of these types of boxing matches in general, do we need more events like this in the future?
Creator Clash: How It All Went Down
There’s often an air of intense competition and rivalry surrounding boxing, but the Creator Clash was, for the most part, a good-natured event. For starters, all of the proceeds from the event were set to be donated to the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. For the content creators competing at the Creator Clash, they may have taken the event seriously, but it was another opportunity to get their names up in lights.
Here’s the summary of the matches fought at the Creator Clash:
- Matt Watson (SuperMega) vs. Dad – Dad (TKO R1)
- Ryan Magee (SuperMega) vs. Alex Ernst – Alex Ernst (Decision)
- Internet Comment Etiquette with Erik vs. DJ Welch – DJ Welch (TKO R2)
- I Did a Thing vs. TheOdd1sOut – I Did a Thing (TKO R1)
- Yodeling Haley vs. JustaMinx – JustaMinx (TKO R5)
- Graham Stephen vs. Michael Reeves – Michael Reeves (TKO R2)
- Arin Hanson (Game Grumps) vs. Harley (Epic Meal Time) – Harley (TKO R2)
- iDubbbz vs. Doctor Mike – Doctor Mike (Decision)
There were some key moments to draw out of that impressive and prestigious list of fights. For instance, the Matt Watson vs. Dad bout ended in record time, with Dad securing a 22 second TKO against Watson, a fighter almost two decades his junior. Elsewhere, in the Hanson vs. Harley showdown, the brawl ended with Harley calling out Dr Disrespect, demanding that the 6,8″, two-time back-to-back world champion steps into the ring with him.
An Event Like No Other
This good-natured, wholesome event drew in a massive audience from all around the world. There were 10,000 spectators in the stadium, a packed stream, and countless creators piggybacking off the back of the main broadcast. Given the undeniable success of the event and a follow-up show being teased, many people are stating that these types of events should happen with more regularity.
Following the event, countless creators took to the social airwaves to (semi-seriously) request fights from other creators. Not only does this cross industries, bringing boxing and content creation together, but for the most part, these events benefit charitable causes. They’re almost always enjoyed by fans and viewers, and it gives creators another platform to grow on. Ultimately, it’s something “different” for the viewers that have watched these creators, in some cases, for many, many years.
There are plenty of popular content creators out there to fuel these events for years to come. Should this become a high-profile event in future, we could see the integration of some betting markets, better press coverage, and a grander show on the ground.
Which creators should step into the ring next?