KSI stripped of Joe Fournier win after controversial ‘elbow’ KO with fight deemed a ‘no contest’
KSI’S controversial win over Joe Fournier has been overturned to a no-contest.
The YouTube sensation, 29, clinched a second-round stoppage victory after appearing to elbow Fournier as he unloaded a barrage of punches at the end of the contest.
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On the night, KSI was awarded the win – much to Fournier’s fury.
But now PBA Boxing, who sanctioned the fight, have taken away the win and ruled it a no-contest following a “reviewed decision”.
Fournier submitted a protest which KSI responded to.
And now the PBA have confirmed that “after a thorough review of the evidence and representations, along with the assistance of Mr Micky Vann (the Supervisor in charge) and an eminent Barrister where necessary, Mr Gareth Morris [referee of the fight] came to an independent decision.”
They went on to add: “Even though KSI was winning the fight, the blow with the forearm/elbow has been found to be accidental and the obvious disappointment that will follow, it has been decided that the contest is declared a No Decision in accordance with the Rules.
“The PBA has conducted the review properly, fairly and with legal assistance throughout as the bout was sanctioned and regulated under the unified rules of boxing.
“We have ensured that this process was conducted swiftly and fairly to uphold the integrity of boxing.”
The change of result means KSI remains on 3-0 as a professional boxer as the no-contest will not appear on his record.
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His wins have come against Swarmz, Luis Alcaraz Pineda and FaZe Temperrr.
After the controversial win over Fournier, KSI wrote: “I worked very hard for this fight and had an intense and gruelling camp.
“There’s no better feeling than being in that ring and having my hand raised in front of my loyal and amazing fans who I appreciate so much.
“Unfortunately the victory which was inevitable no matter what, is tarnished and I hate that. It sucks!
“After landing my overhand he was pretty much out on his feet and I went for a short right hook as Joe clinched me and fell into me.
“I landed that hook and my glove made contact but appears to have been followed by unintentional contact with my forearm.
“I’m gutted that it’s not as clean a win as I wanted and it feels like it diminishes my hard work with my trainers.
“Either way I hope you enjoyed the show and appreciate the support. Sorry to all the fans disappointed with it. No one is more so than me.”
But again he was questioned by Paul, who responded: “Why you lying still? No part of your glove made contact with Joe’s face on that elbow.
“That was not a hook. That was straight up a right elbow to the jawbone. Good form but wrong sport.
“Your whole promotion is sham. Bad look for the sport of boxing. Your “commission” PBA should hold itself to a higher standard.
“I hope England Boxing starts to oversee this product and makes it safer for everyone.”
Fournier called for a rematch after the fight and labelled KSI a “cheat” and “embarrassment”.
But KSI insists he has no interest in running it back – even if it was deemed a no-contest.
Instead, he is focused on taking on Love Island star Tommy Fury – who defeated KSI’s rival Jake Paul back in February.
He added: “I was beating him and it was easy. It way easier than I thought it would be.
“And I’m just like, what’s the point? Why not? And if anything, most people are like, ‘What’s the point?’
“The public are like, ‘We don’t care. You beat him anyway, so fight Tommy Fury.’
“People want to see me get tested. People are sick and tired of me just deleting people.
“They’re like, ‘Alright, cool. Let’s see how you do against Tommy Fury. If you delete him, then fine, you’re the GOAT, and then we’ll never say a bad word again.’
“But right now it’s like, they want to see me get tested.”