KSI defeats Logan Paul in six-round battle of YouTubers

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Some 19 years after Mosley vs. De La Hoya 1 brought boxing to Staples Center, KSI and Logan Paul headlined the LA venue in six-round battle of YouTubers

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Boxing: KSI vs Logan Paul 2 Press Conference  | 
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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.


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