YouTube star-turned-pro boxer Jake Paul has claimed that rival creator KSI is too chicken to throw down with him in the ring after inciting a beef with the British rapper in early 2020.
The rivalry between Jake Paul and KSI goes back to Logan Paul’s first fight with the YouTuber in 2018. Ever since then, the younger Paul brother has been itching to face off with KSI whenever possible, culminating in a head-to-head standoff with the UK-based personality after Jake’s win over AnEsonGib a year ago.
With KSI having defeated his older brother, it seems that Jake is hankering to restore his family’s honor — but amid the current global pandemic, it doesn’t look like KSI is interested in risking his health for a boxing match.
Jake Paul spoke on this apparent issue during a video uploaded on January 27, 2021, a year after he and KSI nearly came to blows in the ring. According to Jake, KSI is “scared” to fight him, and is using the ongoing global health crisis as an excuse to duck a potential bout.
“This guy is scared of me,” he claimed. “He’s legitimately scared. You can see through all of his shit. You can see through it all. This guy keeps blaming not fighting me because of COVID.”
Despite doing his best to rile up KSI into fighting him, Jake isn’t too sure their match will ever happen — and isn’t sure he even wants to accept it, having now scheduled an event with former MMA fighter Ben Askren.
“I don’t know what KSI is doing,” he added. “I doubt that fight is ever gonna happen. I’m just gonna be fighting these MMA, these professional fighters, and my skill level is just growing and growing. I’m not gonna go backwards and fight a YouTuber who I’m just gonna kill.”
This is far from the first time Jake has accused KSI of ducking him; this particular song and dance has been going on since last year, with KSI reminding Jake that, “You’re acting like a pandemic isn’t happening right now.”
Will these two ever face off? That possibility is still up in the air, but for now, fans can look forward to Jake’s upcoming bout with Ben Askren — as well as Logan’s forthcoming Super Exhibition fight with none other than Floyd Mayweather.