KSI defeated Logan Paul via split decision Saturday night in Los Angeles.
One judge scored the fight 56-55 in favor of Paul, but the other two judges ruled in favor of KSI, 57-54 and 56-55, respectively. A two-point deduction for Paul in Round 4 was critical to the decision as the scorecards showed afterward. Paul had the points taken away after it appeared he hit KSI following what was ruled a knockdown.
The DAZN announcers were surprised by the two-point deduction, saying it should have either not have happened or should have been a one-point deduction. Paul was upset by the decision after the fight, and he voiced his displeasure live on the DAZN broadcast.
“I let emotions get the best of me, man,” Paul said. “But I will say, no warning (from the referee). And I got two points taken away from me and that’s why I think I lost tonight. I think if you do the math, the two points I got taken away from me was the reason I lost tonight. I would love to contest the (California State Athletic) commission because I think I should have got a warning. I don’t think it was fair at all.”
After such a dramatic finish to the rematch, Paul was naturally asked whether he’d fight KSI a third time.
“I’d love to fight KSI again. These are the best moments of my life,” Paul said. “I just want to say fair play to KSI, you are one of the toughest people I know and I wish you the best. I can talk trash but it’s all for show.”
Paul wasn’t alone in those thoughts. Many others expected a trilogy to take place.
But KSI made it clear he’s not up for a third fight.
“It’s done, it’s done,” he said of fighting Paul again. “I’m on to the next thing. I think boxing is the next thing for me now.”
KSI has said in the past he wants to become a professional boxer and was using Paul’s fame as a “steppingstone” to help him. Now that he’s 1-0 as a pro, his credibility is a bit higher than it was heading into Saturday night.