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Eleven months after KSI and Logan Paul fought to a draw in their YouTube boxing extravaganza, the two apparently are not close to determining where and when a rematch will occur.
And KSI, the British YouTuber with more than 20.2 million subscribers, appears to be getting tired of the process.
On Sunday, he tweeted that if the contracted rematch, which was supposed to take place in the U.S. this year, wasn’t made by the end of 2019, he wanted it moved to the U.K. for 2020.
“Whenever it was in the U.K. the fight actually got sorted,” KSI tweeted. “As soon as it’s in the U.S., nothing FUCKING happens. I’m bored now. So let’s have this rematch in the U.K. already cos you know and everyone else knows you lost the fight that night@LoganPaul”
Whenever it was in the U.K. the fight actually got sorted. As soon as it’s in the US, nothing FUCKING happens. I’m bored now. So lets have this rematch in the U.K. already cos you know and everyone else knows you lost the fight that night @LoganPaul— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) June 16, 2019
The fight last August was a close one.
Paul dominated the first two rounds of the fight in Manchester, England, but then he tired badly later in the fight and nearly got knocked out by KSI in the sixth and final round. Two of the three judges (and the Daily Dot) scored it a 57-57 draw, leaving most observers—and the two amateur pugilists—unsatisfied as a result.
About 800,000 people paid $10 to watch the fight on YouTube (and more than 1 million streamed the fight illegally), and immediately afterward, Paul exclaimed, “Let’s give them a motherfucking rematch.”
But that hasn’t happened yet.
As KSI feuded with his brother Deji for an extended period of time, KSI said the rumored rematch with Paul would be pushed to this November. Though KSI last December said he was dealing with other personal issues, he blamed Paul’s team for not securing a state license for the fight, for not finding a venue, and for not figuring out how to distribute the rematch.
It sounds like not much has changed in the past six months.
Still, Mike Majlak, a member of Paul’s team, fired back at KSI.
that wasn’t the deal homie. next fight is on our turf, and if there’s any hold-up it’s on ur side g. lp is ready to rock and we’re good to set shit up rn. activate ur team.— Mike Majlak (@mikemajlak) June 16, 2019
KSI responded this way.
Shut the fuck up. You guys don’t know how to even create a boxing event. You’ve been talking to a few organisers to set this whole thing up since you can’t do it and nothing has happened still. YOURE USELESS. WE GET SHIT DONE IN THE UK https://t.co/VKZhOssgim— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) June 16, 2019
Though Paul, who has 19.3 million YouTube subscribers, hasn’t responded on social media, he recently uploaded a YouTube video where he knocked out an apparent stranger that showed up at house, pulled out of a Russian slap contest, and temporarily took for himself the ad revenue KSI had set aside for suicide prevention charities.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.