Logan Paul has claimed he will officially appeal the split decision loss he suffered to fellow YouTuber KSI in their professional boxing debut in California.
In their much-anticipated rematch - which saw the social media heavy-hitters transition from the amateurs to the pro ranks - Paul lost to his long-term rival after a frenetic and chaotic six rounds, having previously drawn their first encounter.
Whilst two judges scored the bout 57-54 and 56-55 respectively in favour of the British KSI - real name Olajide "JJ" Olatunji - the third scorecard read 56-55 in favour of the American Paul, who was also docked two points in controversial fashion in the fourth round.
Having caught his rival with a heavy uppercut, which sent him on his way to the canvas, Paul continued to strike his opponent, including a blow to the back of KSI's head after he had already gone down.
Referee Jack Reiss scored the knockdown in favour of Paul, but also deducted two points as a result of the late blow - points which eventually proved vital in deciding the outcome of the fight, given the closeness of the judges' scoring.
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Now, speaking to his fans via his YouTube channel, Paul voiced his disbelief at the decision, and confirmed his intentions to pursue an appeal of the outcome.
"We just don't believe the outcome was right. By no means am I afraid of losing, but I truthfully 100 per cent believe I did not lose the fight.
"This is a plea to the California State Athletic Commission, and I hope they give this the weight it deserves, because I fear that since we aren't real professional fighters that this may be overlooked".
Whilst many within the sport were sceptical, and even mocking, of the two fighter's decision to run the fight as a professional outing, many of the sport's biggest names lent their backing to the event, and highlighted the benefits it could bring.
Promoter Eddie Hearn agreed to promote the event, given the new audiences and viewers it could help bring to the sport, whilst heavyweight stars Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr also voiced their support for fight, and the attention it had helped bring from younger fans.News Now - Sport News