Logan Paul may have walked away with potential millions from his headlining clash with fellow YouTube superstar KSI, but his English rival has suggested the split-decision defeat has “forever” cost the American his legacy.
After months of build-up for the fight between the two YouTubers, Paul and KSI finally met in the ring on November 9 at the Los Angeles Staples Center.
In the resulting duel, KSI emerged victorious, thanks in part to a mistake from Paul that docked him points, and sealed the British star’s 55-56/57-54/56-55 split decision win. Their first meeting, nearly two years ago, had ended in a draw.
Now, KSI has lifted the lid on how he feels weeks after the fight, and admitted during his November 25 appearance on the No Jumper podcast that he believes his American rival threw away his whole career’s legacy when he lost.
According to the British rapper, the internet never forgets. Paul may move on to other things on or off YouTube, but wherever he goes he will “always be seen as the guy who lost to KSI,” and that’s something that will stay with him “forever.”
“[Logan] said ‘Oh look at this, we made history, it’s a huge event, biggest ever numbers on DAZN, blah blah blah,’” KSI said, “but I was like ‘You still lost bro,’ and forever, forever and ever, he will always be seen as the guy that lost to KSI.”
“Imagine that. That fucking sucks man, that’s why I trained so hard, fucking hell I trained. I pushed myself to the fucking brink, because I didn’t want to, for the rest of my life, be the guy that lost to Logan Paul. Oh my god man.”
KSI added that he believes that is why there won’t be many other YouTuber vs YouTuber events like KSI vs Logan Paul or its sequel two years later — content creators and rappers are terrified of losing their precious branding.
“Not many people can do what I do, and what I did, I think, because there’s a lot on the line, and it’s risky, very risky… it’s whole legacy risk,” he explained
“Once you lose, it’s like ‘f*ck, where do I go from here?’. It shouldn’t be that important, but it is. Imagine if you lose, you can’t make certain music anymore.
“You can’t be like ‘I f*ck, I’m the best, I don’t take Ls,’ because everyone will be saying ‘Why are you saying you’re the best, but you got f*cked up?’”
“That’s just how it is. A lot of celebrities would stay away from it because they’re afraid their whole legacy would be fucked up from that one moment.”
In the same vein, KSI touched on the fact that after his split decision victory over his American rival his legacy in England has been fired into the heavens, and now he struggles to “even go to the shops” without being congratulated.
“When I walk down the streets of London it’s mad, I literally can’t walk outside for too long otherwise I just get mobbed, and they just swarm,” he said.
“I’m even getting sick of people congratulating me, it’s constant. Even when I went out it was all the time, I never thought I’d be sick of it. Obviously, it’s a good feeling though, and I feel good that I could do my country proud.
“This has helped me a lot with my fanbase too, because I’m a YouTuber you can have a young audience, but because of the boxing, it’s helped me connect to my older audience, and bring them together. It doesn’t feel as weird anymore.”
And after all the glory of the win, and watching Logan Paul effectively put a black mark on his career with the defeat in Los Angeles, KSI could only laugh when thinking about the fact that he was asked if he was interested in a trilogy.
“I was like ‘Bro it’s cause you’ve got nothing left,’ I had brought him back from the depths of hell [with KSI vs Logan Paul 2] and then threw him back again, and in the process, I took everything that I needed from him,” the British star laughed.
“I literally twisted him out, and threw him back in the bin. It doesn’t make sense for me to fight Logan again, why would I fight Logan again? I was the champion, he had two chances to beat me, and he failed twice.”
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KSI added that if he was ever to get back into the ring again to complete a hat-trick of duels against the American YouTuber, he would have to see Logan Paul “on his knees,” begging to be allowed one more chance at the title.
“If he wants to fight me again, he’s going to have to beg,” KSI explained.
“I want him to make videos of him begging, being like ‘KSI, I need this fight, I need you to help me, and my career.’ I want him to f*cking beg, and call himself a p*ssy and a b*tch. I can do whatever the f*ck I want, I won. F*ck what he wants.”
So that may put a red line through any chances fans had to see a third edition of the Youtube title fight, considering there’s small chance Paul flagellates himself to the level that KSI wants to see before he’ll accept another rematch.
There also doesn’t look like there’s much chance for Paul to change the result either, despite the defeated star submitting appeal documents to the CSAC, after KSI broke down the fight blow-by-blow to overrule his “idiotic” request.