Jake Paul wanted to beat AnEsonGib so he could get his hands on KSI, who defeated his brother Logan via split-decision in November.
The younger Paul lived up to his words by sending Gib to the canvas three times, including a right hand to cap it off, to win the battle of YouTube personalities by TKO at the 2:18 mark of the first round at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami.
The animosity between the two showed when neither Paul nor Gib touched gloves after receiving their final ring instructions.
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Paul and Gib started looking to take each other apart by going right at one other, slinging the heavy leather. Paul was in the traditional orthodox stance while Gib was crouched, trying to make it more difficult for Paul to punch him.
Paul made a point to use a stiff jab that wobbled Gib on more than one occasion. Seeing Gib off-balance, Paul threw a right hand to score the first knockdown of the fight. Instead of rushing in and going for the stoppage, Paul took his time and continued to pepper the jab to set up his power shots. The strategy proved to be useful as Paul connected on a left hook to send Gib partially through the ropes, which is considered a knockdown.
Trying to survive the round, Gib went right back at Paul and landed a right hand that bloodied Paul's nose. It was all for naught when about 15 seconds later, Paul hit a crushing right hand to send Gib to a knee and out of his misery.
When the referee waved it off, Paul immediately went to the side of the ring that KSI was at and started talking trash. KSI entered the ring, and Paul let him know that he would be facing him next to avenge the Paul family name. Paul lightly shoved KSI and then security intervened before it went any further.
"KSI's next," Paul said. "I didn't have to f—ing win by two points. You had to beat my bro by a bad call."
Jake Paul vs. KSI anyone?
Paul vs. Gib was the co-main event for the Demetrius Andrade-Luke Keeler WBO middleweight title fight. Andrade finished the night by beating Keeler by TKO in the ninth round to remain undefeated.
Here's how the rest of the night went down:
Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib results, highlights
(All times Eastern)
Jake Paul runs through AnEsonGib in one round
12:03 a.m.: Paul def. Gib at 2:18 of the first round.
The first knockdown occurred when Paul threw a left hand and then immediately followed it up with a right hook that made Gib put a glove to the canvas. To Paul's credit, he stayed composed and fought within the jab. He saw an opening and unleashed a left hook that put Gib's butt through the ropes, which is considered a knockdown. Gib kept coming at Paul and stayed in his face and landed a right hand. Moments later, Paul threw a right hand to send Gib to a knee, and the referee put the beating to an end.
When the fight ended, Paul looked in the direction of KSI, who beat his brother Logan back in November. KSI-Jake Paul next?
11:50 p.m.: Neither Paul or Gib touched gloves during the staredown.
11:45 p.m.: Here comes Jake Paul to a loud ovation in coming out to "Another One Bites the Dust."
11:43 p.m.: AnEsonGib is making the walk to the ring.
11:29 p.m.: Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib is coming up next.
11:28 p.m.: Joseph Diaz def. Tevin Famer by unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113) to win the IBF junior lightweight title.
11:10 p.m.: Logan Paul wishes his brother good luck.
11:05 p.m.: Barkley picks Jake Paul to win.
11:00 p.m.: New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley joins the panel. He feels Jake Paul and Gib are putting more eyes on boxing. Admits that he does boxing to help him train and also says he'd be there if Logan Paul fought NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown.
10:50 p.m.: Actor/director and producer King Bach is going with Jake Paul by KO.
10:48 p.m.: Logan Paul is very emotional. He just got up and left the panel to go encourage his brother.
10:39 p.m.: Devin Haney and Logan Paul said the pressure is all on Jake Paul. Logan feels people are going to watch the fight to see his brother lose.
10:32 p.m.: Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz, who is challenging Tevin Farmer for the IBF junior lightweight title, honors the legendary, the late Kobe Bryant.
10:27 p.m.: Logan Paul said a fight between him and his brother would be the "greatest fight in the history of mankind." Didn't say in a way that made you think it would actually happen.
10:20 p.m.: Murodjon Akhmadaliev def. Daniel Roman via split decision (113-115, 115-113, 115-113) to capture the IBF/WBA junior featherweight champion.
10:12 p.m.: Jake Paul's ex-wife Tana Mongeau is up at the panel. Hey, at least she's supportive of him.
10:03 p.m.: "Ballers" actor Omar Miller goes with Jake Paul because he's the bigger guy.
9:52 p.m.: Garcia said Paul vs. Gib should be a fun fight and could end in a knockout.
9:51 p.m.: Former unified junior welterweight and WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia says he got a tetanus shot after his opponent on Saturday, Ivan Redkach, bit him on the shoulder. Just when you thought you'd heard it all.
9:38 p.m.: Former NFL All-Pro Shawne Merriman is going with Jake Paul to beat KSI.
9:28 p.m.: JuJu with a scary number when he took his turn at the punching bag.
9:26 p.m.: Lot of excitement backstage in Gib's locker room. He's very loose. Could that be a detriment?
9:18 p.m.: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is on the black carpet and said if he has time, he'd be interested in training Logan Paul.
9:06 p.m.: Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster joins the panel for the rest of the show.
9:02 p.m.: Logan Paul has brought up the possibility of going into MMA. Fellow YouTube personality JMX said he'd be interested in the matchup. How intrigued are you by it?
8:57 p.m.: Devin Haney says he wants to face Ryan Garcia 2020. Sign me up.
8:53 p.m.: Now, I'm hungry.
8:38 p.m.: KSI is going with Gib via fifth-round stoppage.
8:36 p.m.: In the punching bag contest, Logan Paul scored an 853 while KSI had 783.
8:31 p.m.: KSI is on the set. You can cut the tension between him and Logan Paul with a knife. While they were complimentary at first, KSI said he'd fight Jake and would win quite easily. When asked about a rematch, KSI said nothing would change, while Logan said he'd win.
8:23 p.m.: One of the top social media influencers makes a pick on the red carpet.
8:21 p.m.: Jake Paul is in the house. He says everything is on the line. Paul wants to show he is the top social media influencer who is a fighter. And yes, he wants to eat Gib's face, which brings me back to when Mike Tyson took a bite of Evander Holyfield's ear.
8:17 p.m.: Mini Jake Paul in the house.
8:14 p.m.: Logan Paul says his brother is f—ed if he loses to Gib.
8:08 p.m.: AnEsonGib is the house. He conducts an interview saying he's cool, calm and collected and ready. From the looks of things, he appears to be all of those things heading into his pro debut.
8:03 p.m.: On the panel is WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney along with Logan Paul, Jake's older brother.
8:00 p.m.: Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of the fight between YouTube stars Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib. Stay locked in as we will provide updates from the Countdown show until their fight ends. Grab the refreshments, sit back and enjoy what should be an entertaining evening.
Jake Paul vs. Gib fight card
|Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler||Middleweight||WBO|
|Jake Paul vs. AnEsonGib||Cruiserweight|
|Tevin Farmer vs. Joseph Diaz||Jr. Lightweight||IBF|
|Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev||Jr. Featherweight||IBF/WBA|
|Alexis Espino vs. Vincent Baccus||Super Middleweight|
|Anthony Sims Jr. vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo||Super Middleweight|
|Austin Williams vs. Donald Sanchez||Middleweight|
|Amanda Serrano vs. Simone Da Silva|
|Otha Jones III vs. Juan Santiago||Lightweight|
|Movladdin Biyarslanov vs. Nicolas Velazquez||Jr. Middleweight|
|Avril Mathie vs. Angelina Hoffschneider||Women's bantamweight|