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Logan Paul to appeal loss to KSI

Paul contends that the dubious two-point deduction cost him the fight.

KSI VS. Logan Paul 2 Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

I’m surprised it has even taken this long, but Logan Paul has announced his intention to file an official appeal of his split decision loss to KSI in their recent rematch. Paul received an unusual two-point deduction for hitting KSI when he put him down in the fourth round, and that ended up making all the difference on the scorecards as KSI wound up just edging the decision.

“My team and I have decided to file an official appeal for the fight because we do not believe the outcome was right,” Paul said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel.

“I’ve received a slew of extremely one-sided opinions about the outcome of the fight. Being 100 percent honest with you, I have not heard or seen one comment, not even from KSI’s side or the British fans, that have said the two points was the right call.

Now I personally haven’t gotten all enraged over this issue because it was basically just a circus event anyway, but I cannot readily think of any instance where a fighter has been deducted two points for a late, grazing shot — especially when they haven’t even received any real warnings prior. It was quite bizzare, and that’s something Paul particularly points out.

“I did some research: The last time two points were taken away from a professional fight was over a decade ago. It doesn’t happen a lot. One of the times it happened was when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear off and spat it on the floor, which is one of the nastiest things that’s ever happened in boxing, and here I am getting two points deducted from me for a ‘love tap’ that was a heat of the moment. It’s one of those situations where the punishment simply did not match the crime.”

In the immediate aftermath of the official decision KSI declared that his beef with Logan Paul was over and that he had no intentions of fighting him again. But if the CSAC officially wipe the win off KSI’s perfect professional record, might that entice him to jump in for another cash grab?

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