KSI vs. Logan Paul II

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KSI vs. Logan Paul II
KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 portrait poster.jpg
Date
  • 9:00 PM PST, 9 November 2019 (USA)
  • 5:00 AM GMT 10 November 2019 (UK)
VenueStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Tale of the tape
Boxer United Kingdom Olajide Olatunji (KSI) United States Logan Paul
Nickname The Nightmare The Maverick
Hometown Watford, England Westlake, Ohio, U.S.
Pre-fight record 0–0 0–0
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 193.2 lb (87.6 kg) 199.4 lb (90.4 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition YouTube Boxing Champion (amateur title) State wrestler
Result
Olajide Olatunji (KSI) defeated Logan Paul by split decision (55–56, 57–54, 56–55)[1]

KSI vs. Logan Paul II was a professional boxing match between the British YouTuber Olajide Olatunji (known online as KSI), and American YouTuber, Logan Paul.[2][3] The fight constitued a rematch of the previous white-collar amateur boxing fight between the two, which ended in a majority draw. The bout was held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on 9 November 2019,[4][5] and was scheduled for six three minute rounds in the cruiserweight division, with both fighters making their professional boxing debuts. The result was a split decision victory for Olatunji, with two judges scoring the bout 56–55 and 57–54 in favour of the Briton, and a third judge scoring the fight 56–55 in favour of Paul.[1]

On the undercard, Billy Joe Saunders successfully defended the WBO super middleweight title against Marcelo Coceres, and Devin Haney was also successful in his defence of the WBC lightweight title against Alfredo Santiago. The choice of putting two world-title bouts on the undercard, beneath two YouTubers, was criticised, with some going as far as describing the event as an 'insult' to boxing. However, a number of figures within the sport, including professional boxers, were more receptive to the event and highlighted the professionalism of Paul and Olatunji – both of whom received coaching from previous world champion coaches and boxers – as well as their intention to bring a new audience to the sport of boxing.

Background and build-up[edit]

Olajide Olatunji (KSI; left) and Logan Paul (right) both made their professional debuts on the night of the bout.

After the successful first fight against Paul, Olatunji requested for the second fight to be postponed until May 2019. He said that he would prefer Dubai as a neutral venue, but was open to the fight taking place in America.[6] Citing the difference in time-zones and the potential for the fight to be too late for some UK viewers, Olatunji also said he would prefer the bout to take place in New York City.[7] On 28 August 2018, it was announced that the fight would take place in May 2019 in an undetermined United States venue, provided neither Olatunji nor Paul opted out, though a date in May was never agreed.[8][9][10] Finally, on 3 September 2019, Olatunji and Paul announced via Instagram that the fight would take place on 9 November 2019 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles and that it would be a professional bout, with no head guards (unlike the previous two YouTube fights). The announcement also confirmed that the fight would be promoted by Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.[11]

Three press conferences were held in the following cities:[12]

Paul's main coach for the fight was two-time heavyweight champion, Shannon Briggs, while Olatunji trained under up-and-coming professional boxer, Viddal Riley, and Jeff Mayweather, uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr.[13] As a professional event, only fighters with professional boxing licences, and no other YouTubers, were allowed to participate; this decision was met with contention from some in the YouTube community who were hoping to see others participate in what was originally a 'YouTube' event.[14]

Upon its announcement as a professional bout, the event drew criticism from a number of figures within boxing, as well as boxing journalists and fans, some of whom labelled the fight as an 'insult' to boxing. The headline accusation was that the pair were using the event as a 'cash grab' and questioned the 'legitimacy' of the match as a professional bout, and many questioned the choice of putting professional world-title bouts on the undercard beneath two YouTubers. Others within the sport, however, were more receptive to the fight and embraced the event. The executive director of the California State Athletic Commission (the fight's sanctioning body), Andy Foster, defended the accusation that the YouTubers weren't fit to fight professionally, saying in an interview that "If they weren’t YouTube stars, this fight is still approvable in every commission in this country as debut athletes". Kevin Draper of The New York Times notes Olatunji, Paul and the organisers' intention to bring a new audience to a 'stagnant' sport and highlights the fact both YouTubers sought coaching from world-champion boxers and trainers.[13] Professional boxers Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz Jr. also expressed support for the event and the fact it was being held as a professional bout, highlighting the benefit it could bring to boxing in terms of expanding the sport's audience.[15]

Fight summary[edit]

The weigh-in took place at 1 pm PST on 8 November at the Xbox Plaza in Los Angeles.[16] Paul stepped on the scales first, weighing in at 199.4lbs, just under the 200lbs cruiserweight limit, while Olatunji weighed in at 193.4lbs, just over 6lbs lighter, before the pair shared a brief head to head.[17] Paul entered the ring first, sporting a red-white-and-blue robe and shorts and accompanied by his brother, Jake Paul, and musician Justin Bieber; Olatunji then entered the arena donning a red-and-black robe, shorts and mask, as American rapper Rick Ross performed Olatunji's newly released song, titled Down Like That, on which he features.[18][19]

The first three rounds were controlled by Olatunji, who offloaded more punches and appeared the aggressor, while Paul employed a more tentative approach, throwing more tentative jabs. On the back foot after the first half of the fight, Paul slipped to the canvas twice in the third round, but no knockdown was called by the referee. A chaotic fourth round saw Paul land an uppercut on Olatunji. After the uppercut was administered, Paul appeared to have his left arm around Olatunji's head, and threw his first illegal punch which sent Olatunji toward the canvas. On his way down, Paul administered his second and third illegal punches in quick succession, prompting referee Jack Reiss to deduct 2 points from Paul but award the knockdown. As well as deducting Paul points, the referee allowed Olatunji time to regain his composure before resuming the fight. The fifth round was a closer contest, with Paul landing the more meaningful jabs while Olatunji stayed out of any trouble. The sixth and final round matched the frantic pace of the first, as both fighters swung wildly in a last attempt to snatch victory, but neither fighter could land a knockout blow.[19][20]

After six rounds, the fight resulted in a split decision victory for Olatunji, with two judges scoring the bout 57–54 and 56–55 in favour of Olatunji, and a third scoring it 56–55 in favour of Paul.[1] Paul and Olatunji shook hands and shared an embrace after the fight, with both paying respect to one another, though Paul stated his intention to contest the commission for his point deduction for his illegal punches, stating that he does not dispute what happened but thought he deserved only a warning.[21][22] After the match, Boxing presenter Radio Rahim played a clip of Logan's apparent slip in the third round, and video footage showed that Olatunji landed a clean right hook just behind Logan's ear, causing him to fall, similar to Deontay Wilder's punch on Tyson Fury. When asked about a possible rematch, Paul expressed his support for the idea, but Olatunji rejected any prospect of a third fight against Paul, saying "It's done ... I'm on to the next thing".[20][23]

Scorecard[edit]

Source:[24]

Lou Moret Patrick Russell Zachary Young
Olatunji Paul Olatunji Paul Olatunji Paul
56 55 57 54 55 56

Fight card[edit]

Weight Class vs. Method Round Time Notes
Cruiserweight United Kingdom Olajide Olatunji (KSI) def. United States Logan Paul SD 6/6 Note 1, 2
Super middleweight United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders def. Argentina Marcelo Esteban Coceres TKO 11/12 1:59 Note 1
Lightweight United States Devin Haney def. Puerto Rico Alfredo Santiago Alvarez UD 12/12 Note 2
Super middleweight United States Nikita Ababiy def. Dominican Republic Jonathan Batista DQ 1/4
Super bantamweight United States Ronny Rios def. Colombia Hugo Berrio KO 4/12 2:56
Super middleweight United States Diego Pacheco def. United States Aaron Casper KO 4/6 2:56
Super welterweight Albania Reshat Mati def. United States Cody Peterson KO 2/6 1:41
Cruiserweight United States Josh Brueckner def. United States Tyler Smith UD 4/4 Note 5, 6

^Note 1 KSI's professional debut
^Note 2 Paul's professional debut
^Note 3 For WBO super middleweight title
^Note 4 For WBC lightweight title
^Note 5 Brueckner's professional debut
^Note 6 Smith's professional debut

Fight details[edit]

A number of celebrities were in attendance; Canadian singer Justin Bieber was among Paul's entourage, joining him on the ring walk, while rappers Rick Ross and Lil Baby performed for Olatunji's ring walk. Other figures in attendance included Wiz Khalifa, Tyron Woodley, Dan Bilzerian, Mike Tyson, Daniel Keem, as well as all the members of The Sidemen.[25][26]

Broadcasting[edit]

The fight was streamed live on DAZN in the United States and seven other countries.[27][28] The fight was streamed live on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a fee of £9.95.[29] The fight was streamed live on FITE TV in the countries where the rights are not sold.[30][31] Due to piracy concerns, the fight was not broadcast on YouTube, like the previous event, which lost an estimated 1.2 million potential pay-per-view buys to pirated Twitch streams.[32]

Betting[edit]

As of 9 November 2019[41]

Result Ladbrokes
KSI 7/4
Logan Paul 8/15
Draw 1/1

Purses[edit]

Both Olatunji and Paul were guaranteed a minimum of $900,000 from their contract with the California State Athletic Commission for their bout, but their earnings once pay-per-view figures and ticket sales are factored in are likely to be much higher.[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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