YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul battle to six-round majority draw

Florence Fletcher
August 28, 2018

Headlined by the YouTuber clash of Olajide William "KSI" Olatunji vs. Logan Paul, yesterday's boxing card featuring several internet personalities reportedly attracted around two million viewers, according to UFC announcer Bruce Buffer. The main event kicks off at 9:30 in the United Kingdom which is roughly 45 minutes from now and will be streamed live from Manchester Arena, a venue that holds 21,000 spectators at full capacity.

Not bad for two guys who are not professional fighters. With the first match taking place in the U.K, it seems like it is only natural for part two to be held in the United States of America.

While many may pour scorn on a matchup between two amateurs, more than 800,000 streamed the fight, while at least a half a million more watched on illegal streams, despite attempts of the organisers to quash them. KSI, a 25-year-old Briton, has 19 million followers which he accumulated over the years by posting videos of playing video games, rapping among other things.

"I think it's what the people want".

@EdenIsla2 wrote: "Can someone please refund my time? thanks".

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"Let's do that again, that was fun".

After six rounds, the bout was ruled a majority draw.

The fight itself was a let down however and despite talks of a rematch, it's hard to see even how many of their loyal fans would buy a second fight.

At the end of the fight, Logan Paul said that he felt like he won the match. Paul and his group encountered the body of a man who had died by suicide; the event, and Paul's reaction to it, sparked controversy and led to Logan Paul taking a month-long break from YouTube.

KSI, a British citizen born to Nigerian parents, wore a face mask for his walk to the ring and a jacket emblazoned with "the nightmare" on the back.

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