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KSI vows to ‘slap’ YouTube rival Jake Paul despite lengthy layoff

British YouTube star has vowed to return to the ring against Paul and believes he can ‘slap’ his rival despite the American star continuing his undefeated journey

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KSI has once again vowed to defeat rising star Jake Paul in the boxing ring despite his current focus on other interests.

Paul recently defeated former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley and is looking for his next opponent although he is only planning to return later in the year.

He already maintains a rivalry with the British star who came face to face with his counterpart after Paul defeated AnEson Gib in a YouTube clash in 2020.

But now KSI is still convinced his style could cause real problems for Paul and has promised to take on Paul to his loyal fan base.

“I’m going to tell you to this day that I always feel like I can beat Jake Paul,” KSI said on his YouTube channel. “I don’t care if he knocks all these people out.







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“Styles make fights and I know my style would slap Jake Paul.”

The 28-year-old has a huge subscriber base on the video streaming platform YouTube with more than 40 million on his two personal channels.

He also launched a successful music career that hampered his ability to get through training camp after also being called up by American star Austin McBroom.

However, he has since been spotted filming in the UK with Paul’s brother Logan posting a video with his group of content creators Sidemen, in addition to appearing in an episode of the Impaulsive podcast.

With speculation building up, KSI has also been spotted with former boxing trainer Viddal Riley and Leon Wills as a potential comeback picks up speed.

This led to an announcement hint due to be made on Jan. 4 according to Paul’s brother Logan which could even be a potential third showdown between the pair.

KSI battled their YouTube counterpart twice during their short ascent in the sport competing to a draw before securing a split decision victory on a map broadcast live on DAZN in partnership with Matchroom Boxing.

How would you like to see Jake Paul take on KSI in his boxing career? Let us know your verdict in the comments section below.

For now, Paul plans to embark on a new pursuit of other huge UFC superstars after recording a brutal rematch victory over Woodley at the end of 2021.

It was the fifth professional win on his undefeated professional resume, which also includes former UFC star Ben Askren and NBA player Nate Robinson.

Paul called out people like Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor who are known for their boxing ability in MMA and have a pay-per-view celebrity attached to their profile.

But former UFC star Chris Weidman believes Paul should then target alternate opponent Anderson Silva rather than any tilt with KSI or McGregor.

“He calls out guys shorter than him,” Weidman told the Won’t Back Down podcast. “Anderson Silva is not [under a UFC] contract, he’s a professional boxer, he looks great.

“He just beat a former world champion boxer [Chavez Jr,] and they are roughly the same size. Why don’t we hear him calling Anderson Silva? I would like to see that.

“I’d love to see him fight Anderson Silva. He’s calling all of these fighters with UFC contracts, and none of those are really going to happen at this point.”

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