YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul threw down for the final time on November 9 – but despite KSI winning by split-decision, Paul was adamant that he should not have received a two-point deduction from the referee.
After six rounds in the ring, KSI emerged the victor of their-long standing grudge, taking the win 55 - 56 / 57-54 / 56-55 by the judges’ decision.
Although Paul respected this outcome, he stated that he wished to challenge the commission’s two-point deduction for hitting KSI while he was downed in the fourth round.
Despite KSI openly mocking Paul’s appeal, “The Maverick” went through with his plan, anyway - which, unsurprisingly, was denied a month later.
Paul announced the news in a video on December 11, where he published a statement from Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission regarding his appeal that revealed he had actually been ahead on two cards, but ultimately lost due to this point deduction.
“KSI won the match under the rules of the commission,” the message reads. “You were ahead on two cards, but KSI won the net points due to point deductions from fouls you committed.”
Unsurprisingly, Paul was not pleased with this outcome, but acknowledged the fact that he had lost the rematch due to his own mistakes during the bout.
“I can’t say I did not see this coming,” he admitted. “So KSI has, officially, without a question or a doubt, won the fight against me. It’s not great. You know, if I’m being honest, it stings. I hate to lose. It mostly stings though, because I shot myself in the foot. I quite literally only lost because of my actions.”
Paul went on to claim that he only person he was fighting against in the ring was himself, and expressed hope of finally defeating himself as his “own worst enemy” in future bouts.
The YouTuber likewise announced that he “will be fighting again” – although word on his opponent or the exact sport in question remain up in the air, as he continues his unique foray into the YouTube world while also gunning for a chance in the octagon.