By | November 11, 2019

 

Britain's KSI Edges Paul as YouTubers' Fight Show a Hit

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Britain’s KSI edged American Logan Paul in a cruiserweight boxing rematch of YouTube celebrity stars Saturday that proved a hit with audiences and could help such fighters capture mainstream respect.

KSI, a 26-year-old London Internet personality and rapper also known as Olajide Olatunji, was declared a split decision winner by judges.

Two scored KSI a winner by 57-54 and 56-55 while Paul was seen a 56-55 winner by the third judge at the Los Angeles showdown, a star-studded affair with Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, and Mike Tyson among celebrities in the crowd.

The first fight, hyped as the biggest event in Internet history, ended in a majority draw. It was contested under amateur rules in August 2018 at Manchester, England, but the rematch was a professional debut of six three-minute rounds.