KSI vs Logan Paul one year on: What is the legacy (and future) of YouTuber boxing? | Boxing News

first_img A long and intense face-off ended with KSI shoving Logan Paul The fight was a messy affair and Paul had two points docked for fouling KSI. That was a moment of distress that he needed to overcome.“When I got knocked down? People said: ‘This is it!’“I had five minutes to recover but only took one because I needed to put the pressure on Logan. Even when I was drowsy I knew: ‘I’m not losing this’.“That’s my mind-set with everything – boxing, YouTube, music. If I say that I’m going to win, then I’m going to win.”YouTuber boxing has continued.Jake Paul, Logan’s younger brother, defeated Britain’s AnEsonGib and is scheduled to fight former NBA player Nate Robinson this month. 1:02 A long and intense face-off ended with KSI shoving Logan Paul – Advertisement – 1:14 KSI says beating Logan Paul opened doors to success in other aspects of his career Look back at KSI’s split-decision victory over Logan Paul KSI vs Logan Paul appalled and entertained in equal measure – it was an eccentric, baffling whirlwind of teenagers and online influencers colliding in a spectacle that attracted more eyeballs than they could have ever imagined.The fight itself?In 2018 KSI and Paul brawled to a draw in Manchester in an event dubbed “”the biggest internet event in history” – so on November 9, 2019 they removed their headguards, turned professional, and fought a six-round rematch in Los Angeles which Britain’s KSI won via split decision.“Me and Logan had no right to headline a boxing show like that,” KSI now admits.“A lot of old heads and boxing fanatics were angry, annoyed, confused.“Afterwards people saw what it brought to the scene. It brought a younger audience and got people interested.”That much is true.The stakes for their unique fight a year ago were simple – the loser would become a meme for life, constantly reminded of failure whenever they scrolled through their phone. That was the threat.“If you get knocked out, that’s your career done,” KSI now says.His success in the past 12 months proves there were colossal consequences in that YouTuber boxing match.KSI happily gave Sky Sports his memories on the anniversary but Paul, as you may expect, has not acknowledged it.“Do you see Logan talking about anything? He was a ghost. He saw his socials: ‘You lost, you lost, you lost’.“That sucks.“In the back of your mind it must eat away. No-one wants to lose. Not a lot of people want to be in that situation.”So at what point is it fair to commend these YouTuber boxers for putting on the line the thing that value most? For risking that which they hold dearest? KSI believes that there will be more YouTuber boxing – Advertisement – 0:45 0:33 The trainers clashed at KSI vs Logan Paul press conference! 0:52 Watch KSI’s ring walk ahead of his rematch against Logan Paul Watch KSI’s ring walk ahead of his rematch against Logan Paul – Advertisement – KSI says beating Logan Paul opened doors to success in other aspects of his career The year since has been spent by KSI in a music studio. He has nimbly readjusted to the next phase of a career which started by playing the FIFA video game and streaming it to YouTube, a platform where he currently has 22 million subscribers.“I knew how important it was,” he reflects on the fight.“My legacy was on the line.“If I lost I wouldn’t be able to make a tune with Rick Ross! It wouldn’t have the same feel.“I wouldn’t be as big as I am in music.“Me winning that fight is the reason why so many eyes are now drawn to my music.”KSI has released ‘Really Love’, a song alongside Craig David, and his second album is out next year.“It’s upping my value when it comes to a boxing fight,” he smiles.This was always the plan but would Craig David have looked twice if KSI emerged with a 0-1 boxing record?“I really don’t let things get to me,” KSI said. “Because if I do, I would freak out and panic.“‘I’m fighting in front of millions with everything on the line?’“My head would implode!“I kept everything calm and collected. This was another step in my career that I needed to do to get to the next step.“I knew how big it was. I knew it was humongous. But it never got to me, man.“I never look at social media, newspapers or anything to do with the fight. I focused on training – until the pressure got to me, and I started swinging!” KSI believes that there will be more YouTuber boxing 0:55 KSI on the mooted fight with Jake Paul 1:08 Look back at KSI’s split-decision victory over Logan Paul KSI on the mooted fight with Jake Paul KSI vs Jake Paul is the natural route to go.“We will see more but it’s about finding the right fights,” KSI said. “You need fights where people are invested.“Me and Jake Paul? There is a narrative. I beat his brother, he beat my brother. It is huge. People would love to see it.“It is the finale of fights in terms of YouTuber boxing.”But to entice KSI is now a heftier task than it was a year ago. He added: “Of course I would do it again. I’m waiting for the right contract.“When I was in the Mayweather camp I spoke to people there. I understand how valuable I am, how in demand I am.“Fight Jake Paul for less money than I got for fighting Logan? Why would I do that?”Interestingly Viddal Riley, the 4-0 cruiserweight prospect who acted as KSI’s trainer for the Paul fight, has distanced himself from returning to the YouTuber boxing scene.Riley told Sky Sports: “It needs to stop. It’s gone too far now.“The only fight that makes sense is Jake and KSI. Once that happens, end it on a high note before YouTuber boxing gets a bad name.”KSI’s response?“Once the right money is made, I’ll talk to Viddal and he will come around,” he smiled.So will the rest of us.Watch an exclusive interview with KSI on the Sky Sports Boxing YouTube page. – Advertisement – The enormity of what was on the line between KSI and Logan Paul in YouTuber boxing’s most outrageous moment may only be truly clear a year later.The winner KSI (Knowledge, Strength, Integrity) had his net worth valued at £12 million on The Sunday Times’ Rich List in May 2020 but, since then, has released his debut studio album and, more recently still, a single with Craig David. Yes, really.“I knew that if I won it would open a lot of doors. And it did,” KSI frankly tells Sky Sports one year after beating Paul – but the lure of the boxing ring is proving addictive to him. The trainers clashed at KSI vs Logan Paul press conference! last_img read more

States Vow Extra Scrutiny of Coronavirus Vaccine

first_imgWithin weeks, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to review safety and efficacy data for what may be the first Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, with hopes of immunizing some Americans soon after.But about a half-dozen states and the District of Columbia have planned an extra layer of scrutiny: committees that would vet any vaccine reviewed by the F.D.A., a step many public health experts and officials deem unnecessary given a federal review process they describe as meticulous.- Advertisement – Throughout the pandemic, Mr. Trump and his administration have been criticized for putting pressure on federal health agencies — including the F.D.A. and the C.D.C. — to ease restrictions and speed approvals for vaccines and unproven treatments, such as hydroxychloroquine.The White House initially opposed F.D.A. guidelines that called for gathering comprehensive safety data before the agency would issue an emergency authorization for a vaccine. (The guidelines would have made it nearly impossible to have one approved before the election.) Then, in early October, the administration relented.Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the F.D.A.’s transparency and guidelines helped assuage the fears of many public health experts who felt “the White House was putting their thumb on the scale in a very big way.”Now, he said, he was “absolutely confident in the F.D.A. process” and thought the state review committees were “absolutely unnecessary.” This past week, he was named to Mr. Biden’s coronavirus task force. The committees — most of them in states led by Democratic governors — are in part a response to the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic and concerns that political considerations would influence vaccine approvals.“The people of this country don’t trust this federal government with this vaccine process,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said in September when announcing his state’s vaccine committee, led by a Nobel-winning virologist. State officials said they did not believe they would slow any vaccinations. They hoped to examine clinical trial data once it became available, conducting their reviews alongside the federal government.It may not even be possible for states to hold up a vaccine. While they have some authority to control how drugs are dispensed within their borders, three former F.D.A. lawyers said that states would not be able to thwart distribution during a pandemic.Besides New York, officials in California, Connecticut, West Virginia and the District of Columbia have appointed committees to review coronavirus vaccines offered for F.D.A. approval. Governors in Nevada, Oregon and Washington have joined California’s effort, with each state adding a representative to the panel.Safety and efficacy data will also be examined by two independent federal advisory committees of medical experts. One panel counsels the F.D.A.; the other offers recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which sets guidelines and priorities on who should get a vaccine.“It’s an incredibly rigorous and intense process that is evidence- and science-based,” said Dr. Julie Morita, who has served on the C.D.C.’s advisory committee and is an executive vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a public health philanthropy.Dr. Morita said she thought the state committees would ultimately come to the same conclusions as the federal government, but worried about a lack of consistent messaging.“The last thing we need right now is any kind of miscommunication about what the recommendations are,” she said. “The more aligned everybody is, the better for the public.” Dr. Morita is now serving on President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Covid-19 task force. The reviews are intended to help persuade a hesitant public to get shots once they are approved, several state officials said in interviews. Recent polls show that between a third and half of Americans would be reluctant to get a coronavirus vaccine.- Advertisement – State officials have said Mr. Trump’s loss in the election will not alter their plans for reviews. Indeed, the first F.D.A. authorizations may fall under Mr. Trump’s watch. Pfizer announced last week that its vaccine, developed with the German company BioNTech, appeared more than 90 percent effective in early data from clinical trials, and Moderna’s vaccine is close behind in the development process.Trust IssuesThe tension between states and the federal government illustrates a heightened politicalization of vaccines and their approvals, a process that is routinely accepted by physicians and public health departments across the country.“This has become a somewhat political conversation,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health secretary, acknowledged in an interview. He said the state’s review was intended “to give Californians additional confidence and trust in the system.”The state committee, named in October, is still deciding on a process, but it plans to assess some of the same data used by the federal advisory committees, according to Dr. Arthur Reingold, the group’s chairman.Dr. Reingold, head of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, served on the C.D.C.’s advisory committee less than two years ago and said he had the “greatest respect” for it.“We have an unusual set of circumstances, and we are trying to respond to those circumstances,” Dr. Reingold said. “At the end of the day, these vaccines will not help us if people do not accept them.” Dr. Reingold said he thought the group would complete its review swiftly, given the experience of its members, some of whom also serve on the C.D.C.’s advisory committee. Pfizer has said it plans to ask the F.D.A. for emergency authorization this month. The application would include two months of follow-up safety data from “Phase 3” trials. Phase 3 marks one of the last steps in the development process, when tens of thousands of volunteers get a vaccine and wait to see if they become infected, compared with others who received a placebo.Those trials are large enough to reveal some rarer side effects or more severe problems that may not have surfaced earlier. By September, Pfizer’s trial had 44,000 participants, and no serious safety concerns have been reported.Once the F.D.A. receives an application for emergency use, it begins a review of the data and sends a summary of the information to its advisory committee, which eventually makes a recommendation to the agency.If the F.D.A. authorizes the vaccine, the C.D.C. advisory group meets to decide how the vaccines should be used and allocated.In interviews, members of several states acknowledged the committees’ expertise, insisting that their own assessments would not be duplicative.Officials in West Virginia and the District of Columbia said their aim was to communicate the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine to the public, not necessarily to approve or deny its use.“We recognize that those institutions have expertise and assets that we don’t have. It’s not to replicate that process,” said Dr. Deidre Gifford, Connecticut’s top public health official and co-chair of its vaccine committee. Dr. Gifford said her group — made up of a dozen doctors and health experts appointed by the governor — would examine the approval process to confirm that it has been typical, or as typical as it could be during a pandemic.center_img “We want shots in arms within 24 hours,” Mr. Mango said at a news briefing last month for Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to secure a vaccine. “Any delay that the state wants to impose will be a delay in getting its citizens — its most vulnerable citizens — vaccines. We think it is actually counterproductive for them to talk about this.” – Advertisement – But some health officials and experts worry that the state reviews could instead create inconsistency and sow doubt about a crucial tool in stopping the global contagion.Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said state leaders were undermining the expertise of the F.D.A., which he called the “most rigorous organization in the world.” In an effort to address state officials’ concerns, the F.D.A. said last week that it would offer briefings on its vetting process and the basis for any decision to authorize a vaccine.Dr. Peter Marks, director of the F.D.A.’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, which reviews vaccines, said he wanted the process to be transparent and welcomed questions from state officials. He also said he had felt “buffered” by the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, from any White House interference. He added that F.D.A. physicians and researchers who assessed vaccines were “civil servants” and “not political appointees.” Similarly, in New York, the state committee would work as quickly as possible, said Gareth Rhodes, a member of Mr. Cuomo’s coronavirus task force and special counsel at the Department of Financial Services.The group will gather “whatever information they need to confidently make a recommendation to the Department of Health,” Mr. Rhodes said. That would include reviewing data made public through the C.D.C. and F.D.A. advisory groups, as well as getting information directly from vaccine makers.Mr. Cuomo, speaking with CNN on Friday, said the goal was “to give people confidence,” adding, “As soon as the F.D.A. approves it, we will have our panel approve it.”In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Cuomo said if his state panel expressed confidence in the vaccine, he would be the first New York resident to receive it and his adult children would be vaccinated on television to reassure the public it was safe.Earlier that day, Mr. Trump attacked New York’s planned review, claiming that the state would not receive vaccines when they are first rolled out across the country.A Rigorous ProcessHealth experts who had been involved in recommending other vaccines said there was little reason for the public to doubt the approval process, which takes into account comprehensive clinical trials conducted by universities and other independent bodies. One of the main goals is to “reassure the public and the governor that it was free of political interference,” she said.Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of Mr. Biden’s coronavirus team, described the state reviews as “a symbol of the utter breakdown in trust in the process,” and said he did not think they would reveal anything the federal reviews did not.“From a practical standpoint, it’s probably not going to be that important,” he said. “From a trust standpoint, it may be helpful.”Sheila Kaplan contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Netherlands should offer additional saving in state pension, say experts

first_imgThey were not keen on a proposal put forward by the Social and Economic Council (SER) – which represents employers and trade unions – which was recently leaked as a “concept agreement” between companies and workers.Unions subsequently denied that the leaked document was the final version of a proposal for a new pensions contract.“People pay a monthly contribution but don’t know at all what they’ll get at the end of the day,” Verhoef told De Telegraaf.The experts acknowledged that money paid for additional AOW benefits could ultimately generate a lower pension than premiums paid into a pension fund.However, Verhoef emphasised that people valued certainty, “which pension funds and insurers don’t offer”. He added that trust in Dutch pension funds had “crumbled” after years of low or no inflation-linked payments and the looming threat of benefit reductions in some cases.Westerbrink added that workers in countries such as France and Germany already had the option to save for a higher state pension.“It is about time that social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees looks further than just pension funds,” he said. Dutch workers should be offered the option to save for a more generous state pension to avoid dependency on pension funds, according to Dutch experts.Writing in Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf, pensions law professor Hans van Meerten, Charles Verhoef, chair of self-employed workers’ lobby group Zelfstandigen Bouw, and consultant John Westerbrink argued that this would be an affordable way for additional pension saving without individuals being forced to take on more investment risk.“People who save a certain amount every month could know exactly how much their benefits would be in 30 years’ time,” they explained.In the authors’ view, purchasing additional benefits through the Netherlands’ state pension system – known as AOW – must be offered as an alternative to accruing a pension with a pension fund.last_img read more

Burglar linked by DNA faces trial in sex violence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSmith has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney had raised doubts about his mental competency, but Smith was evaluated by doctors and found mentally competent to stand trial, officials said. He was being held in lieu of $12 million bail. Smith’s attorney could not be reached for comment. Smith was linked to the Lancaster sex crimes under a state law that requires all felons to submit DNA to a database that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Some of the assaults occurred during the day in public places – including a park, a coin laundry and a parking lot – within a 11/2-mile radius of central Lancaster, near where Smith lived in early 2003, officials said. LANCASTER – A state prison inmate linked by DNA evidence to a series of violent sexual assaults in Lancaster in 2003 has been ordered to stand trial on charges he assaulted four women, shot a fifth and was defied by a sixth who managed to call 911 on her cell phone despite his threats to kill her and her child. Jacob Renald Smith, 22, is charged in six incidents in 2003 involving assaults, sex crimes – including some against women who had small children with them – and a home-invasion robbery in which a woman in her 60s was shot in the chest. “During this time period, Jacob Smith launched into a series of violent, predatory acts aimed at unsuspecting women in Lancaster,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake said. “In one of those, the target of the attack was holding a child while Smith was holding a sawed-off shotgun on the mother and child.” Imprisoned since September 2004 for a San Bernardino County burglary, Smith was bound over for trial in the 2003 Lancaster crimes after a preliminary hearing Tuesday on 52 charges including assault with a firearm, attempted murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping and forcible oral copulation, officials said. All but two of the six attacks in 2003 occurred before late March, when sheriff’s officials released a composite drawing of the man who had sexually assaulted two women and tried to assault a third. Two days after the composite drawing was released, a man fitting the same description bicycled up to the rural home of an elderly mother and daughter, whom he asked to give him a drink of water and let him use the phone. He shot the younger woman and robbed the home. Then the attacks stopped until August, when a woman walking near Lancaster City Park was forced down the side of an Antelope Valley Freeway overpass and assaulted. Seven weeks later, Smith was arrested as an ex-felon in possession of a gun, and he was sent to prison for 71/2 months. Three months after getting out, he was back in prison on a San Bernardino County burglary conviction. In the first Lancaster case in January 2003, the victim testified she was attacked while on a morning walk near Avenue K-8 and Gadsden Avenue. A bicyclist passed her, asked her for the time and then returned when she was alone, officials said. In February 2003, a woman who was visiting the area was lost and trying to get to the Antelope Valley Freeway when she pulled into a parking lot at Division Street and Avenue J to ask for directions. Her 4-year-old son and their dog were with her in the car, Blake said. When she rolled down the window, a man with a gun opened her front passenger door and forced her to drive him to a nearby apartment complex, Blake said. When she refused to perform a sex act, he shoved the barrel of the gun into her mouth, breaking her teeth and cutting the roof of her mouth, and threatened to kill her child, Blake said. The man fled after she tricked him into letting her return to her car, where she grabbed her cell phone. In March 2003, a woman washing clothes at an East Avenue J coin laundry was dragged into a back room and forced at gunpoint to perform a sex act while she held her 5-year-old daughter. Two weeks later, another woman was robbed, tied up and sexually assaulted near Tierra Bonita Park in east Lancaster, Blake said. “What was shocking about this conduct, as it came during the testimony, was the degree of violence he used with some of the women, especially the two who had children present,” Blake said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more