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Who is Salt Papi? Everything you need to know about the Boxer

LockerRoom Team
11 October 2023

Salt Papi is no stranger to influencer boxing.

In recent years, the landscape of boxing has seen a seismic shift with influencers stepping into the ring, seeking not only bragging rights but also lucrative purses.

While names like Jake Paul and KSI have made significant waves, a rising star named Salt Papi is quietly making his mark in the YouTube boxing pound-for-pound rankings, poised to claim the coveted top spot.

Come October 14th, Salt Papi, whose real name is Nathaniel Bustamante, will feature prominently on the undercard of the highly anticipated KSI vs. Tommy Fury event inside Manchester Arena. Broadcasting on DAZN PPV in the U.S. as part of the MF & DAZN: X Series, Salt Papi is set to face fellow YouTuber Slim Albaher in what promises to be a thrilling matchup.

With an impressive online following, Salt Papi boasts 588K subscribers on YouTube and over 5.3 million TikTok followers. His meteoric rise began with the viral success of his Fake Run dance challenge videos on TikTok, catapulting him into the limelight.

Boxing Journey of Salt Papi

Beyond his digital exploits, Salt Papi has demonstrated prowess in the boxing ring. Though yet to secure any specific titles, he holds a commendable 3-1 record, with two wins coming by way of knockout.

Notable victories include a unanimous decision against Halal Ham in early 2022, a knockout win over Andy Warski in August 2022, and another knockout triumph against Josh Brueckner in January 2023. Despite a setback against Anthony Taylor in May, who has faced formidable opponents like Tommy Fury and Chris Avila, Salt Papi remains undeterred.

His foray into professional ranks has garnered attention, with influential figures like Ryan Garcia and Sunny Edwards encouraging him to take on the challenges of the legitimate pro circuit. Salt Papi's belief that fellow influencers shy away from facing him adds an intriguing layer to his burgeoning career, making him a formidable force in the evolving landscape where social media and boxing converge.

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As he steps into the ring on October 14th, the world watches to see if Salt Papi will further solidify his standing as one of the most impressive influencers-turned-boxers in the game.


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