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KSI nearly knocks out Logan Paul, but the judges score it a dissatisfying draw
Expect a rematch next year.
Paul dominated the first two rounds, but KSI made a stirring comeback in front of the Manchester, England crowd and nearly ended the fight in the sixth. Two of the judges scored it a 57-57 draw. One scored it in favor of KSI, 58-57. The Daily Dot also scored it a 57-57 draw.
“What a fight,” KSI said. “Jesus. Logan, I think there’s only one thing to do. We have to have a rematch. That was fun. I’m down, bro.”
Considering the original contract between the YouTubes called for two fights anyway, Paul readily agreed.
“I think it’s what the people want,” Paul said. “Let’s give them a motherfucking rematch.”
With as many as 800,000 users paying $10 to watch the fight on YouTube (and with hundreds of thousands reportedly watching for free on Twitch) and with the #KSIvsLogan hashtag trending No. 1 in the world, the two gave a solid accounting of themselves.
Before the fight began, as they were listening to the referee’s instructions, KSI blew kisses at Paul. But Paul blasted KSI throughout the first round, landing at least six hard punches to KSI’s face. Paul was so confident in the first round that he dropped his hands and stuck out his chin. He spent some of his time simply taunting KSI. Early on, KSI couldn’t take advantage.
In the second round, KSI landed one of his best punches of the fight—a right to Paul’s chin—but Paul responded by landing two hard shots of his own. At the end of the second round, KSI landed a punch well after the bell sounded, leading an enraged Jake Paul to enter the ring and briefly go after his older brother’s opponent.
Logan Paul did a great job of using his height and reach advantages in the first two rounds. But in the third round, KSI landed a plethora of right hands, and by the end of the fourth round, Paul was clearly exhausted. But he rallied in the fifth and seemed to briefly stun KSI with a combination. In the sixth round, though, a weary Paul nearly was knocked out as KSI winged shots at him.
Both fighters claimed victory in the aftermath, but then again, neither seemed all that upset that they were given a draw.
The buildup to this fight had been filled with drama. Much like the Jake Paul-Deji feud, which ended on Saturday’s undercard when Paul knocked out Deji in the fifth round, this started when KSI called out the Paul brothers after he knocked out Joe Weller in February.
From there, Logan Paul and KSI traded plenty of insults, KSI attacked Paul at a press conference, and Paul said KSI had sexually objectified his girlfriend, Chloe Bennet. KSI, for what it’s worth, wore a Chloe Bennet mask on his face when he weighed in on Friday.
Now, the first fight is over. And whether you like it or not, there’ll be many more months of trash-talking between these two YouTubers in preparation for the next.
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.