It wasn't the most artful…It was at times sloppy and inelegant, but what it lacked in refinement, it made up for in passion.
On Saturday night at Staples Center from LA, two YouTubers collided and damned if they didn't give a good bang for the buck. Even purists and hardcore pugilism fans had to respect at least the fighting spirit of the Brit KSI and the Ohio native Logan Paul..
Paul does YouTube videos and KSI is trying to make it in the music sphere…but on this night, they rumbled.
KSI sent down Paul, in round three of the cruiserweight tango, but it wasn't scored a knockdown. Then Paul sent KSI to the mat in round four…but he had two points taken from him, by ref Jack Reiss, for holding and hitting.
So we went to the cards…It was a split decision, with one judge seeing it 56-55, for Paul, Another had it 57-54, for KSI…and Lou Moret scored it 56-55, for the Brit.
Yes, the two points taken from Paul proved to be the difference. He said after he wants to protest with the Cali commission…But all in all, things ended on a high and decent note. Radio Rahim asked if the beef these two had was squashed. KSI paused for an eternity…and then they two clasped hands, and grinned. All was forgiven and both gave props for a spirited tussle.
Paul said after he wanted a third bout while KSI said naw, he's moving on.
They fought before, in 2018, in a non-pro scrap, but both stepped it up hard, training their butts off, for the sequel.
MY THREE CENTS: Adapt or risk perishing. For any business, or sport on a bubble, you best be open to adapting to new realities, or you may circle the drain. Now, I don't think boxing is in danger of that. But this event showed us, or reminded us, of some elements that do work. One, is passion; they disliked each other, and their enmity translated into the action, and the hype-fest leading in. Two, less hardcore fans don't care as much for refinement of craft as they do action. They'd rather, many of them, see FIGHTS rather than exhibitions of majestic skills. Popularity matters more than possession of skills, more tangible skills, maybe more than it should. But that is what it is; if celeb fights can be done selectively, it can indeed serve as a catalyst to gain new eyeballs to the sport. Purist can wail and gnash teeth…but being purist is only a minor salve when your business goes under. If our website gets mad traffic from this bout, then damn right, I will feed that beast a bit more. You gotta give the people what they want, not always, because then you get Trump in the White House, but sometimes you have to respect the masses…because they spend their dough and keep the wheels turning on the train.