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Logan Paul thanks KSI for helping him “fight” his way to YouTube comeback

Published: 2/Apr/2021 21:36

by Virginia Glaze

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Logan Paul is one of YouTube’s biggest and most divisive icons, having made an arguably major comeback after his incident in Japan — and he’s attributing is current success to one of his biggest rivals.

It’s no secret that Logan Paul became one of the internet’s most hated influencers after filming a video in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in 2017. The footage showed the body of a recently-deceased suicide victim, and Paul saw immense backlash as a result.

Paul received punishment from YouTube and even saw his content removed from Google Preferred, among being the talk of the entire world for months — but in the midst of all the backlash, he took an unexpected step forward by getting into a beef with British creator KSI, which resulted in a boxing match that changed the YouTube landscape.

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Paul and KSI’s initial match ended in a draw, and the two faced off again in 2019, where KSI emerged victorious. Despite his loss in the split-decision bout, Paul has seen immense growth ever since, boasting a hugely popular podcast and even scoring a fight with Floyd Mayweather.

In a surprising turn of events (owing to their infamous rivalry), the YouTuber attributed his current success to KSI, claiming that their boxing beef had started a new chapter in his life and kickstarted his eventual comeback.

“Shoutout KSI, like for real,” Paul said during an April 1 episode of his imPaulsive podcast. “I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to fight, literally fight, my way back up. Literally, dude. I’m fighting to try to change me and try to earn a spot back in what I — I wanted to be back with my peers in a respectable way.”

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“And I did so through boxing,” he continued. “It was a nice, career pivot that really helped me find out who I was and become a person I really love. It was a bit of a cheat code for me. Not a cheat code, but it worked!”

His words didn’t fall on deaf ears; KSI was made aware of Paul’s comments and responded in an Instagram comment, where he expressed respect for his longtime rival.

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KSI responds to Logan Paul thanks

“No need to thank me,” he wrote. “He’s done all the work and smashed it. Huge respect, for real.”

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Despite their past beef, it seems that these two are now on good terms after sparking a huge boxing movement that has seemingly made big changes in their lives.