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Logan Paul Says A Cold Cost Him Victory Over KSI In Their Rematch

Logan Paul Says A Cold Cost Him Victory Over KSI In Their Rematch

Logan Paul has made an audacious claim that a cold cost him victory over KSI in their blockbuster boxing match on Saturday.

The two YouTubers clashed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and KSI, real name Olajide Olatunji, picked up a controversial split decision victory over his fierce rival.

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During the post-fight press conference, Paul insisted that he had been under the weather for the "past three days" and the "first thing I did this morning was sneeze three times."

The 24-year-old American star explained: "You can hear it in my voice, I'm sick, I woke up sick, I've been sick for the past three days.

"The first thing I did this morning was sneeze three times and I've been sneezing throughout the day.

"I called [my trainer] Shannon [Briggs] and asked should I take ibuprofen before the fight tonight and he said no because it will mess up my heart rate.

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Credit: Sky Sports
Credit: Sky Sports
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"I tried to push through it, I had hoped my adrenaline would take care of the sickness.

"If I'm being honest, it took away that killer instinct that I've had the whole two months of sparring.

"That was the worst performance I've had in the last two months."

The 'Maverick' also revealed he had an emotional backstage talk with brother Jake Paul and said it was difficult to enter the mindset of hurting "the man in the ring."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He said: "Something changed today.

"I had a talk with my brother backstage and we got a little emotional, it's like there's something in me that has a problem taking it from 99 to 100 and crossing that finishing line in boxing and wanting to hurt the man in the ring."

Paul thought he had made the breakthrough in the fight when he landed an uppercut on KSI in the fourth round and sent him tumbling to the canvas.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But the American broke his rival's fall on the way down and followed up his uppercut with a punch to the back of KSI's head.

And Paul would hit KSI one more time before he crashed onto the canvas, with referee Jack Reiss deducting points from the 'Maverick' for the illegal back-of-the-head blows.

Jake has also weighed in on his brother's defeat and has made a bold claim that the fight was "rigged."

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Logan Paul, Boxing News, Staples Center, Boxing, KSI, Los Angeles, YouTube

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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