KSI vs Logan Paul is the biggest rivalry in the history of YouTube boxing, but often the roots of this viral sensation are forgotten, which saw Brit Joe Weller step into the squared circle in an unsuccessful effort against KSI.
Now, with the Staples Center set to play host to the biggest YouTube combat sports events ever, the 23-year-old has sent a message to the competitors, explaining what it’s like to lose, and urging them not to make the same mistake he feels he made inside the ring.
The YouTuber watched a clip of KSI describing the feeling of defeat as the “worst,” agreeing with his rival before explaining what makes the loss so tough to get over almost two years on, what the pair need to do to make sure they don’t feel the same way.
“You work so hard aiming that there is only one outcome, not even considering losing,” Weller explained. “There’s an element of blocking it out, but when you do go back and think about it it’s like unlocking a box, and the emotion does come back.”
“For seven months of my life, I absolutely dedicated myself. On the night, I essentially froze. I just didn’t turn up. To lose in that manner, that’s what hurts the most. That’s what I’m going to say to you boys. Even if you lose this fight, make sure you give absolutely everything you can, because that will be the thing you regret if you don’t turn up and perform.”
The YouTuber revealed that he stills receives messages about his loss no matter what he posts, and says he is constantly reminded about it by KSI fans, who call him salty and say he’s upset that he lost, something Weller openly acknowledges.
In fact, his experience is the reason he wants Logan Paul to win the fight, so his long-time rival can “see what it’s like to go through this as the person who made it happen” to him, before admitting that he still feels like he hasn’t overcome the effects of losing the match.
The good news for fans is that they won’t have long to wait to find out who the eventual winner and loser of the fight will be, as the pair are set to return to action on November 9 in Los Angeles, California.
While their first bout ended in a majority draw after going to the judge’s scorecards, both men have predicted they will knock the other out before the final bell sounds.