Highlight 5 | Issue | News | Nov 10 2019

KSI defeats Logan Paul in six-round battle of YouTubers

Some 19 years after Mosley vs. De La Hoya 1 brought boxing to Staples Center, KSI defeats Logan Paul at the LA venue in six-round battle of YouTubers
KSI
Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

TONIGHT in Los Angeles boxing got what it deserved.

At Staples Center, the venue in which Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya once went to war for 12 rounds, we got a couple of lacklustre ‘world’ title fights (wins for Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney), a farcical if amusing disqualification win for Nikita Ababiy, and a six-round professional ‘fight’ between YouTube stars and debutants KSI and Logan Paul, which ended in a decision victory for KSI (56-55 and 57-54 KSI, 56-55 Paul).

Through three rounds two men made straight punching look like the most difficult act in the world until a peach of an uppercut landed by Paul in the fourth round dropped KSI and scrambled his senses. It would have been a fight-ender if produced by a proper boxer, yet Paul’s instinct was to follow the shot with another one, thrown illegally as he pulled his opponent towards him, and this resulted in the referee administering both a knockdown and a two-point deduction.

KSI DOWN: But Logan Paul will be penalised by the referee [Ed Mulholland]

 

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