American YouTube star Logan Paul came away from his amateur boxing match with fellow YouTuber KSI eager to learn more and with an even healthier respect for boxing.
Paul, who fought to a majority draw with Englishman KSI in front of a huge crowd at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, said he had to overcome a mental block mid-way through the fight in order to make it through to the finish.
“It was like the third or fourth round and I was like: ‘I’m not a f*****g boxer! I’m a f*****g YouTuber who tried to learn to box in five months!'” he told Seconds Out Boxing.
“This is a sport that people have dedicated their lives to, right? And so trying to become a boxer in five months is very, very difficult.”
After the bout, both men were visibly disappointed to see that their six-round bout had failed to produce a clear winner, and both immediately agreed to a rematch – something that was thought to be a near certainty regardless of the result.
Paul said that his lack of experience of negotiating his way through a boxing match may have cost him on the night, and that he would be much more prepared and experienced when he returns to the ring to face KSI in their rematch.
“I will say the rematch, by the time that happens, I will be a full-fledged, actual boxer,” he said.
“Whereas right now it was… I don’t want to say ‘pretending’, but that’s what it is.
“The experience in there that he had, and being able to come through those last couple of rounds, is what I felt I was lacking.”
None of the three judges scored the bout in Paul’s favour, with two scoring it even at 57-57, and one seeing it 58-57 in favour of KSI.
But Paul thought he fared a little better than the judges saw it.
“I thought I won,” he admitted.
“It doesn’t f*****g matter, though. I thought it was 4-2.”
The pair engaged in a lot of trash talk in the lead-up to their matchup, but Paul admitted that he had respect for his opposite number for achieving the success he has in the YouTube world.
“Yeah, for sure,” he said.
“I don’t want to say I ever disrespected him. What he’s built is incredible and I have to respect him as a content creator, as a person that works hard.
“This only continues the storyline. It fits perfect, and it’s going to be one hell of a rematch.”
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