KSI beat Logan Paul via split decision
- KSI beats Logan Paul by split decision in Los Angeles
- Paul has two points taken off him for punching KSI on the floor
- Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney both win on the undercard
- KSI vs Logan Paul LIVE STREAM information
KSI speaks out after win
KSI was in a reflective mood after beating Logan Paul, and revealed that he was surprised with his ability to take punches.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he explained how he was able to get past the big American and take the win.
“I knew I had to get in his face and give him no time to breathe,” he said.
“I needed to close him down and pressure him.
“He did well to move around quite a bit, but I caught him a few times.
“I got him a lot in the body to slow him down, then the knockdown I hit him with, I’m not sure if it counted, but I felt good.
“It’s definitely different.
“I took some big shots, but I was surprised, I was able to take those big shots and keep going.”
Logan Paul and KSI appeared to end the beef after the fight
KSI BEATS LOGAN PAUL
KSI has beaten Logan Paul on points after what was, admittedly, a thrilling fight at the Staples Center.
The judges had it 55-56, 57-54, 56-55 for KSI, who remains unbeaten in his boxing career.
Speaking afterwards, Paul protested the decision, saying he would ask the commission why he wasn’t given a warning instead of two points off for hitting KSI on the back of the head.
Both fighters buried the hatchet over their ‘beef’, but KSI flat-out refused to fight him again.
Both fighters believe they’ve won the fight at the final bell.
Paul had two points taken off him in the fourth round, but KSI was knocked down, so it’s a tough one to score.
KSI continues to push towards the end, but Paul seems happy to sit back and continue to land on the counter.
The fight ends with both fighters going hell for leather trying to get the final shots in.
Logan Paul vs KSI
The penultimate round is underway, and KSI still appears to be hurt after eating those two uppercuts.
The Brit is now using his footwork to get around the ring, land potshots and stay away from Paul.
Paul has clearly learned his lesson from the last fight and is much more conditioned.
With round four being affected by the two points taken off for the punch on the ground, the last round could make the difference.
Paul knocked KSI down to the floor, before hitting him on the canvas.
The American was docked two points, but the knockdown was still counted.
KSI looked significantly hurt by the uppercut, and is now struggling to get around the ring.
Somehow, he survives the end of the round.
Paul hits the canvas, but referee Jack Reiss deems it a push.
KSI is continuing to push forward, as Paul seems happy to let the fight go late.
KSI has landed the cleaner of the punches, but is yet to properly rock the American.
Logan Paul backs away from KSI
KSI appeared to catch Paul with a combination mid-way through the round, but the American weathered the storm.
Paul appears to be happy to let KSI come forward to him, as he chooses to back away and land jabs.
Both fighters start the round by throwing wild punches.
Paul appears to be targetting KSI’s body, while KSI is utilising the jab.
KSI appears to be throwing the right hand over the top and trying to connect to the top of Paul’s head.
05:00am UPDATE: Here we go
Rick Ross rapping KSI to the ring, Justin Bieber is walking with Logan. The national anthem is being played on an electronic violin. There’s almost too much to keep up with.
Both fighters are in the ring and we are ready to go.
The national anthems have now been performed and both fighters are looking ready to go.
KSI and Logan Paul are both in the ring
KSI is ready for his rematch with Logan Paul
04:45am UPDATE: Jonathan Batista disqualified
Jonathan Batista was just disqualified during the float fight with Nikita Ababiy.
Ababiy knocked down Batista earlier in the first round, before hitting him on the back of the head.
Batista then made a meal of the back of the head punch and rolled around on the floor, before getting back up again and going at Ababiy.
Despite the bell sounding, Batista kept swinging and tried to punch Ababiy despite being held back by the referee.
04:30am UPDATE: Devin Haney wins
Devin Haney has retained his WBC lightweight crown with a terrific performance over Alfredo Santiago.
The 20-year-old controlled the fight throughout and dropped the challenger twice.
Now, it’s time for the big one… KSI vs Logan Paul.
Devin Haney went the distance with Alfredo Santiago
04:15am UPDATE: KSI’s coach reveals all
Viddal Riley, KSI’s coach, has revealed the atmosphere inside the locker room at the Staples Center.
He told Sky Sports: “He’s feeling relaxed, all the work’s been done.
“No need to panic, no need to rush.
“Just chill, enjoy the moment, and shine.
“KSI with the W, TKO round four or five.”
04:00am UPDATE: Santiago goes DOWN
Devin Haney is starting to turn on the style in the fifth round.
The defending world champion landed a series of shots before sending Santiago crashing to the canvas.
He then backed it up after Santiago rose to his feet, and only missed narrowly with a wild uppercut, which could have ended the fight.
O3:40am UPDATE: Devin Haney in the ring
WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney is in the ring.
The 20-year-old American is hoping to get himself a shot at Vasily Lomachenko with a win.
This is the final fight before KSI takes on Logan Paul.
Billy Joe Saunders defended his world super-middleweight title
03:00am UPDATE: Billy Joe Saunders wins
Billy Joe Saunders put in a poor performance against Argentine challenger Marcelo Esteban Coceres, before turning things around late.
The Brit turned on the style in the 11th round and dropped Coceres twice before the eventual stoppage came.
Saunders landed a huge uppercut to the chin of the Argentine which looked to have ended the fight there and then.
But somehow Coceres came back up, only to be sent down again with a swift combo from the champion.
02:30am UPDATE: Billy Joe Saunders in control
Billy Joe Saunders is in the ring defending his WBO world super-middleweight strap.
The Brit appears in complete control through the first three rounds, and appears to be enjoying showcasing himself to the US audience.
Saunders is fighting in America for the first time in his career.
02:15am UPDATE: Justin Bieber picks Logan Paul
Justin Bieber is in the arena, and is picking Logan Paul to beat KSI.
“I hope Logan Paul wins,” Bieber said.
“I believe he will.
“I’m not betting any money, but I think he will, I believe in him.”
Justin Bieber is in the house
02:00am UPDATE: KSI is here
KSI has arrived at the Staples Center.
Along with his team, KSI also had Badou Jack flanking him into the arena.
We’re about two-and-a-half hours away from getting going.
01:45am UPDATE: Josh Brueckner wins in and out of the ring
Josh Brueckner beat Tyler Smith by decision, before proposing to his girlfriend afterwards.
She said yes, giving him his second victory of the night.
KSI has arrived at the Staples Center
01:40am UPDATE: Josh Brueckner wins
Josh Bruckner has defeated Tyler Smith by decision.
The YouTube star and pro MMA fighter looked dominant throughout, and now wants a crack at Logan Paul.
The 24-year-old has an MMA record of 4-2-0 (W-L-D).
01:20am UPDATE: Ring-walk update
Logan Paul and KSI have been told they need to be gloved up and ready to go at 7.30pm US time.
Converted to UK time, that means they have to be ready at 3.30am UK time.
Granted, we’re not expecting them to go straight to the ring, it’s likely that they’ll both ring-walk after 4am.
01:00am UPDATE: Knockouts on the undercard
Ronny Rios is closing in on a world title challenge after stopping Hugo Berrio on the undercard.
We’re now about two-and-a-half hours away from the main event.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Reshat Mati beat Cody Peterson in the second round by stoppage.
00:45am UPDATE: Jake Paul is on his way
Jake Paul, brother of Logan, is on his way to the arena in a rather questionable outfit.
The controversial YouTube star, who fought KSI’s brother on the last fight’s undercard, posted a picture to Twitter in support of his older sibling.
He wrote: “Time to let the fists do the talking #TeamPaul“
Jake Paul is on his way to the arena
Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney are the two main figures on the undercard.
Both world champions are defending their belts against seemingly sub-par opposition, with the aim of tapping into the new audience the main event will be bringing.
Saunders defends his WBO super-middleweight strap against Marcelo Esteban Coceres, while Haney puts his new WBC lightweight belt on the line against Alfredo Santiago.
Devin Haney vs Alfredo Santiago – WBC Lightweight Title
Billy Joe Saunders vs Marcelo Esteban Coceres – WBO Super-Middleweight Title
Isaiah Ocasio vs Josh Brueckner – Light-Heavyweight
Josh Brueckner vs Tyler Smith – cruiserweight
Alexis Espino vs Joe Hughes – Middleweight
Diego Pacheco vs Aaron Casper – Super Middleweight
Ronny Rios vs Hugo Berrio – Super-Bantamweight
UPDATE: Welcome to our live blog
Here we go. We are live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the most anticipated internet event since last year’s amateur bout.
KSI and Logan Paul have met once in the ring before, fighting as amateurs at the Manchester Arena in a highly contested draw.
Now, however, they have turned professional and will meet again without headgear.
Pundits have been unable to split the two YouTube stars, though the bookies have Paul as the favourite.