LOGAN PAUL was beaten by a point on the deciding card against KSI – but the American only has himself to blame.
YouTube icon Paul, 24, was deducted TWO POINTS in round four for holding and punching as well as hitting KSI on the floor, despite the knockdown being counted.
KSI defeated YouTube rival Logan Paul by split decision[/caption]
The judges scored the scrappy but gripping bout 57-54 for KSI, 56-55 for Paul and lastly 56-55 for Britain’s biggest internet star.
It means ‘The Maverick’s’ two point deductions cost him the fight, with deciding judge Lou Moret actually having the American winning – had he not been penalised.
KSI, 26, broke down in tears after the split decision win, and said: “KSI was scared to fight last time, scared to touch him, this time I went in there.
“Fans saw how much bigger he was, his physique. So I thought screw that! I’m going to work my a*** off.
“I want to thank my team, they’ve helped me so much. Your boy has done it, I am victorious.
“I’m a dog, I keep saying it. He hit me in the back of the head, it was outrageous. Your boy is happy, victorious, happy days.”
The drama unfolded in the fourth when Paul finally landed a meaningful punch, after three rounds of KSI chasing his YouTube rival around the ring with some wild but resilient attacks.
The American internet star landed a flush counter right uppercut rocking the Brit to his boots.
But the US debutant continued to hold and hit his opponent as KSI was on his way to the floor.
And clearly lacking basic knowledge of the sport, Paul committed another cynical foul hitting his rival while he was on the canvas.
Referee Jack Reiss scored the knockdown, believing the first right uppercut was the punch that sent KSI down.
But Paul’s double fouls cost him dearly as two points were taken.
KSI wisely took his time to recover but was on shaky legs, just about managing to survive the round.
The two YouTube icons went hell for leather to close the fight with the judges split on their verdict.
However, the deciding card had KSI winning by one point, meaning had Paul not committed the two round four fouls then he would have won.
KSI vs Logan Paul 2
Heartbroken and beaten, Paul said: “I let emotions get the best of me.
“No warning and I got two points taken away from me.
“I would love to contest the commission.”