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Deji Olatunji
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Deji Olatunji in 2019
BornOladeji Olawale Olatunde Daniel Olatunji
(1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 27)[1][2]
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Other namesComedy Shorts Gamer
💼 Occupation
Known forYoutube
Height170.2 cm (5 ft 7.0 in)
👪 RelativesKSI (brother)
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
label65 = 👍 Facebook

Oladeji "Deji" Olawale Olatunde Daniel Olatunji (born 9 December 1996), formerly known online as ComedyShortsGamer, is a English YouTuber and professional boxer. He became known for his videos of various pranks, comedic skits and viral challenges alongside video game commentaries.

Starting his boxing career in 2018, Olatunji fought YouTuber Jake Paul in a white-collar boxing match and lost via TKO. He then lost his next two fights against TikToker Vinnie Hacker and American YouTuber Alex Wassabi respectively. He made his professional debut agaisnt Fousey and won via TKO before fighting Swarmz and winning via UD. He also fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an exhibition bout.

Early and personal life[edit]

Oladeji "Deji" Olawale Olatunde Daniel Olatunji was born on the 9th December 1996 in Watford, Hertfordshire.[1][3] He and his mother, Olayinka, live in Holme, near Peterborough.[4] He is the younger brother of fellow YouTuber Olajide Olatunji better known as KSI.[4]

In July 2020, Olatunji had his German Shepherd, named Tank, taken away after the dog bit a woman.[4] The incident was taken to court and the ruling resulted in Olatunji losing his dog and being ordered to pay a fine of £18,000.[5] Judge David Farrell stated CCTV of the incident showed the dog was "completely out of control".[6]

Internet career[edit]

2011–2017: Early beginnings and prank videos[edit]

Olatunji joined YouTube in 2011 using the pseudonym "ComedyShortsGamer."[7] He uploaded various videos comprising gaming commentary along with pranks, comedic skits and viral challenges.[8][9] Compared to KSI's content, Olatunji's videos have been described as more focused on comedy than gaming.[10] Several of his videos feature him pranking his family, such as him telling his mother he impregnated a girl,[10] and telling his father that a house he worked on for two years burned down.[11]

Considered alongside his brother's content as "among the most popular on the site",[12] Insider ranked Olatunji as one of the most popular YouTube personalities in the United Kingdom,[8][13] and he was ranked second on the Tubular Labs list of the "UK's Most Influential YouTube Creators"; his brother was ranked first.[10] However, Olatunji's prank videos have received minor criticism, with Austin Powell of The Daily Dot calling one of his pranks "a failed attempt at humor".[11]

2017–present: Feud with KSI and 10 million subscribers[edit]

In November 2018, Olatunji presented the award for "Best Publisher at the 2018 Esports Awards ceremony; however, he received criticism for a joke he performed where he announced that Fortnite creator Epic Games won the award. Publisher Blizzard Entertainment was revealed to be the real victor.[14]

In December 2018, on Christmas day, Olatunji kicked KSI out of his house after the pair got into an altercation in which KSI threatened to destroy Olatunji's computer.[15] After the incident, Olatunji uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel in which he accused KSI of physical and emotional abuse growing up.[16] This led to KSI responding to the allegations in a YouTube video where he denied the claims.[12] The feud between the brothers quickly spread over the internet in which both brothers were arguing over Twitter, resulting in both brothers losing tens of thousands of subscribers.[12][17]

In May 2020, Olatunji surpassed 10 million subscribers on his YouTube channel after his channel was stagnant at 9,960,000 which became an internet meme.[18]

Boxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Deji vs Paul[edit]

Olatunji fighting Jake Paul at Manchester Arena

On 25 August 2018, Olatunji fought American YouTuber Jake Paul in a white-collar boxing match at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England alongside his older brother KSI, who also fought Paul's brother Logan Paul, as the headliner.[19] Paul defeated Olatunji via technical knockout in the 5th round.[20]

Deji vs. Hacker[edit]

On 12 June 2021, Olatunji made his return to boxing on the YouTubers vs. TikTokers undercard against American TikToker Vinnie Hacker at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida.[21] Hacker defeated Olatunji.[22]

Deji vs Wassabi[edit]

On 5 March 2022, Olatunji fought American YouTuber Alex Wassabi as the headliner bout at Wembley Arena in London, England. Wassabi defeated Olatunji via split decision.[23]

Professional career[edit]

Deji vs Fousey[edit]

On 27 August 2022, Olatunji made his professional debut against American YouTuber Fousey at MF & DAZN: X Series 001 at The O2 Arena, London in England. Olatunji defeated Fousey via technical knockout in the 3rd round, achieving his first win.[24]

Deji vs Swarmz[edit]

On 13 April 2023, it was announced that Olatunji would face English rapper Swarmz, who fought his older bother KSI at X Series 001, as the co-feature bout at X Series 007 on 14 May at Wembley Arena in London, England. Olatunji won via unanimous decision.[25]

Exhibition bouts[edit]

Deji vs Mayweather Jr.[edit]

On 26 September 2022, it was announced that Olatunji and American former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. would face each other in an exhibition bout at the Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai, UAE on 13 November.[26] Mayweather won by technical knockout in the 6th round, with Olatunji giving him a bruised eye.[27]

Other ventures[edit]

Olatunji appeared in the 2016 movie Laid in America which stars KSI and YouTuber Caspar Lee.[28] In 2017, Olatunji wrote a graphic novel titled Kung Fu Hero and the Forbidden City.[29] Critiquing the book, Kirkus Reviews described the plot as a "stereotypical (if not just downright problematic) pseudo-Chinese mythological quest that has world-ending implications", and stated that Olatunji's novel "delivers nothing more than cheap prepubescent thrills".[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Laid in America Freddy Cameo appearance [31]
2018 KSI: Can't Lose Himself Documentary [32]
2023 KSI: In Real Life Documentary [citation needed]

Boxing record[edit]

Professional[edit]

Professional record summary
2 fights 2 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
2 Win 2–0 Swarmz UD 4 13 May 2023 Wembley Arena, London, England MF-Professional bout
1 Win 1–0 Fousey RTD 3 (4) 1:28 27 Aug 2022 The O2 Arena, London, England MF-Professional bout

Exhibition[edit]

Professional record summary
3 fights 0 wins 3 losses
By knockout 0 2
By decision 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
3 Loss 0–3 Floyd Mayweather Jr. TKO 6 (8), 1:22 13 Nov 2022 Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai, UAE
2 Loss 0–2 Alex Wassabi SD 5 5 Mar 2022 Wembley Arena, London, England
1 Loss 0–1 Vinnie Hacker TKO 3 (5), 0:44 12 June 2021 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, US

Amateur[edit]

Professional record summary
1 fight 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Loss 0–1 Jake Paul TKO 5 (6), 1:41 25 Aug 2018 Manchester Arena, Manchester, England

Bibliography[edit]

  • Olatunji, Deji (2 November 2017). Kung Fu Hero and The Forbidden City: A ComedyShortsGamer Graphic Novel. Trapeze. p. 192. ISBN 978-1409174288. Search this book on

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2022 ESPN Ringside Social Award Viral Moment of the Year Deji's KO on Fousey Won [33]

Notes[edit]

  1. Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    10.9 million (Deji)
    1.15 million (Deji 2nd)
  2. Views, broken down by channel:
    4.15 billion (Deji)
    144 million (Deji 2nd)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Burke, Olivia (22 February 2024). "KSI baffles fans after making incredible admission about his younger brother Deji". LADbible. Archived from the original on 27 March 2024. ...the 27-year-old started discussing the fact that Deji isn't actually his full, government name - it's just an abbreviation. He explained that the traditional Nigerian name his parents - Olajide and Yinka - gave him is Oladeji Olawale Olatunde Daniel Olatunji, while saying that he shortens it for simplicity.
  2. @deji (December 9, 2014). "It's my birthday!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 10, 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. Louis, Nathan (20 December 2019). "YouTuber Deji fined after his dog attacked elderly neighbour". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2023-10-15.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "YouTube star Deji and mum admit dangerous dog charges". BBC News. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 2023-10-15.
  5. "YouTube star Deji loses dog destruction appeal". BBC News. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  6. "YouTube star Deji to appeal against dog destruction order". BBC News. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 2023-10-15.
  7. O'Brien, Kelly (May 20, 2015). "The kings of kids' YouTube - A parents guide to YouTube vloggers". Irish Examiner. Retrieved July 6, 2023.
  8. 8.0 8.1 O'Reilly, Lara (October 29, 2015). "The 20 biggest British YouTube stars". Business Insider. Retrieved July 6, 2023.
  9. Anderson, Zuri (February 18, 2022). "These Black YouTubers & TikTokers Are Blowing Up Right Now". Black Information Network. Retrieved August 27, 2022.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Lowbridge, Caroline (October 23, 2015). "The UK YouTube stars with fans around the world". BBC News. Retrieved July 6, 2023.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Powell, Austin (March 22, 2014). "This son's prank on his father could not have gone worse". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on November 28, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2023. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Griffin, Andrew (19 June 2019). "KSI lashes out at Deji's latest tearful video as feud between YouTube brothers escalates". The Independent. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  13. Roberts, Hannah (November 24, 2016). "The 19 biggest British YouTube stars". Insider. Retrieved July 6, 2023.
  14. Tamburro, Paul (November 13, 2018). "Fortnite Creator Epic Games Trolled by Esports Awards Presenter". GameRevolution. Retrieved July 6, 2023.
  15. Katzowitz, Josh (28 December 2018). "Feud between KSI and Deji gets ugly—and costs them thousands of followers". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  16. Griffin, Andrew (28 May 2019). "KSI feud with brother Deji escalates after video accusing YouTube star of 'mental and physical abuse'". The Independent. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  17. Katzowitz, Josh (28 May 2019). "YouTuber Deji accuses older brother KSI of sexually betraying him". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  18. Fogarty, Paul (7 May 2020). "What is the 9.96 meme? KSI fans left searching for answers after YouTube star's latest video". HITC.
  19. Alexander, Julia (February 26, 2018). "YouTube boxing just went international, so when does YouTube get involved?". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. "Who won Jake Paul vs Deji and KSI vs Logan Paul fights? Results from YouTube boxing night at the Manchester Arena". talkSPORT. August 26, 2018. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. Trent, Rachel (June 12, 2021). "Boxing, influencers and NFTs share the stage as YouTubers and TikTokers fight in Battle of the Platforms". CNN. Archived from the original on June 12, 2021. Retrieved June 12, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  22. "SLIM Deji shows off impressive body transformation as he comes in over a STONE lighter for Alex Wassabi fight than he did against Vinnie Hacker". talkSPORT. 5 March 2022. Archived from the original on 15 October 2023. Retrieved 15 October 2023. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  23. "Deji vs Alex Wassabi date: UK start time, live stream and undercard as KSI's brother makes boxing return in YouTube event after body transformation". talkSPORT. 5 March 2022. Archived from the original on 15 October 2023. Retrieved 15 October 2023. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  24. Hale, Andreas (28 August 2022). "KSI vs. Swarmz results: KSI stops Swarmz, then drops Luis Alcaraz Pineda 7 times in 2nd KO of the night". The Sporting News.
  25. Schuller, Rudi (14 May 2023). "KSI defeats Joe Fournier via second-round knockout". DAZN.
  26. "Floyd Mayweather to fight YouTuber Deji in November showdown in Dubai". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
  27. Lelinwalla, Mark (14 November 2022). "Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts to bruise under left eye that Deji gave him". DAZN.
  28. Spangler, Todd (July 25, 2016). "Raunchy Comedy 'Laid in America' With YouTube Stars KSI, Caspar Lee Gets Release Dates". Variety. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  29. Cowdrey, Katherine (May 12, 2017). "Trapeze acquires graphic novel from YouTuber ComedyShortsGamer". The Bookseller. Retrieved July 25, 2023.
  30. "KUNG FU HERO AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY A COMEDYSHORTSGAMER GRAPHIC NOVEL". Kirkus Reviews. August 13, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  31. Hughes, Mark (8 September 2016). "YouTube Stars KSI, Caspar Lee Could Make 'Laid In America' A Digital Game-Changer". Forbes. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  32. Hale, James (10 August 2018). "KSI Releases Documentary 'Can't Lose' Ahead Of Logan Paul Boxing Match Up". Tubefilter. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  33. ESPN Ringside (26 December 2022). "Vote for the 2022 ESPN Ringside Social Award for Viral Moment of the Year 🏆". Twitter.

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