KSI, Logan Paul take YouTube rivalry to the ring

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A logo of Dubai's Emaar Properties is seen on a building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 12, 2018. (Reuters)
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KSI (black/red shorts) reacts after it was announced he defeated Logan Paul in their pro debut fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)
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Logan Paul enters the ring for his pro debut fight against KSI at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. KSI won by decision. (AFP)
Updated 10 November 2019

KSI, Logan Paul take YouTube rivalry to the ring

  • Saturday night saw the UK’s Olajide William Olatunji, known as KSI, and American entertainer Logan Paul in a much-anticipated boxing match
  • After months of trash talk and media hype, England’s KSI won the battle

LOS ANGELES: Olajide "KSI" Olatunji prevailed in a split decision over Logan Paul in a boxing bout between YouTube celebrities on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In a slugfest between the two inexperienced fighters, Briton KSI got the decision on the scorecard after six wild rounds.
Two judges scored the fight 57-54, 56-55 in favor over KSI, while one had it 56-55 for Paul.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Each boxer seemed to throw all of their force in the opening three rounds before tiring.
American Paul landed a big uppercut in the fourth round but was deducted two points when he pulled KSI down to the canvas and hit him in the back of the head.
KSI was allowed time to recover, and he did so in a big way by getting the best of the final furious three minutes of the fight.
"I’m a dog. I don’t stop, I keep going,” KSI said, following the win.
"I was scared to fight last time, I was scared to get close to him; this time I just kept going. I’ve done it, I’m victorious.”
Paul paid respect to his opponent.
"I just want to say fair play to JJ, you're one of the toughest people I know," Paul said. "He had my respect before the fight, it was all for show. I wish you the best. You'll see me in the squared circle again, I'll be back!"
The online personalities, who boast 20 million YouTube subscribers each, fought to a draw at Manchester Arena in August 2018 before setting up a rematch.
Prior to Saturday's bout, Paul's brother Jake, also a well-known YouTuber, announced that he has wants to fight KSI.
"I want KSI. I am waiting patiently in the stands tonight to watch Logan beat KSI, and then it's my turn," Jake said. 


Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

Updated 24 January 2020

Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

  • The race, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort

RIYADH: The Saudi Cycling Federation on Thursday revealed the full route for next month’s inaugural Saudi Tour event in Riyadh.

The 755 kilometer race, which is split into five daily stages, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort. Along the way, the competitors will pass many Riyadh landmarks, including Sadus Castle, Wadi Namar Park and Al-Bujairi historical district.

Eighteen teams from 13 countries will compete, and the riders include Mark Cavendish from the UK, Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni and Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra.

Subah Al-Kraidees, chairman of the Saudi Cycling Federation, said he is delighted that the Kingdom is hosting a major Union Cycliste Internationale cycling event for the first time.

“I am so proud that the Saudi Cycling Federation is able to see one of its dreams realized with this event, and to have Saudi Arabia recognized as an important station in the international biking scene,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for Saudi athletes to rub shoulders with international bikers, and to see what they have achieved and learn from their experiences.”

The Saudi Tour will be broadcast worldwide by 25 TV networks, six of whom will also live stream the event.

Three other events will take place on the sidelines of the main race: a public bike ride from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 6, a junior race on the same day from 1 p.m. to 2.40 p.m., and a women’s ride from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

You can find more details of the event and broadcast schedules, and track the teams and their race times, at www.thesauditour.com.