Despite facing criticism for his opponents, Jake Paul has capitalized on the opportunities presented to him in the influencer boxing world and continues to make a name for himself.
Jake Paul is the biggest name to come out of whatever influencer boxing is. ‘The Problem Child’ has racked up an impressive 7-1 professional boxing record, with wins over multiple former UFC champions. While many would argue that he’s not a full-blown boxer just yet, he’s clearly better than most of his contemporaries.
However, if one doesn’t know anything about Jake Paul, fear not. Here are ten things that fans should know about the YouTuber-turned-boxer and his exploits in the boxing world to this point. While he doesn’t currently have a fight booked, one can expect that to change in the near future.
10 Early Beginnings
In February 2018, KSI faced Joe Weller in the first high-profile influencer boxing match. That night, ‘The Nightmare’ scored a third-round knockout win, and took to the microphone to call out Logan, and Jake Paul.
By 2018, the latter was involved in controversy after controversy. The boxing match with KSI offered Paul a massive opportunity that he badly needed, though it would take time for him to realize that.
9 No Interest
Immediately following KSI’s callout of the Paul brothers, the two had no interest. Instead, they even joked that their father, Greg Paul, would fight the British YouTuber instead. Jokes aside, Jake Paul had no interest in boxing KSI.
Thus, he cleared the way for his older brother Logan to fight the Brit. Not wanting to be left behind, the younger Paul seemingly gained interest in the sport and was booked to face KSI’s younger brother, Deji, on the same night.
8 First Boxing Match
In August 2018, Jake Paul faced Deji in an amateur boxing match in the co-main event of KSI vs. Logan Paul. ‘The Problem Child’ entered the matchup a massive favorite, but was bloodied and rocked early by his substantially smaller opponent.
However, Paul showed his heart early in his boxing career. He survived the swarm in round one and eventually worked to score a fifth-round stoppage win.
7 Going Pro
Nearly two years after knocking out KSI’s brother Deji, he signed a fight with his friend, AnEsonGib. The two were added to the undercard of Demetrius Andrade’s title defense against Luke Keeler in January 2020.
Paul scored an easy first-round knockout win that night in the first professional bout of his career. While many weren’t impressed with the bout, Eddie Hearn promoting it made it clear that influencer boxing wasn’t going away anytime soon.
6 KSI Feud
The two stars reportedly entered talks for a potential bout following Logan Paul’s loss to KSI. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, talks fell apart. Furthermore, KSI decided to leave boxing behind at this time, focusing on rapping; despite this, these two continue to talk trash towards one another to this day, even being in talks throughout most of 2023 for a potential bout. In classic boxing fashion, however, the two stars have failed to finalize the fight.
5 Triller Fight Club
Following his win over AnEsonGib, Jake Paul again became a promotional free agent. Later that year, he signed a two-fight deal with the upstart Triller Fight Club promotion. Triller may be quite reviled today, but at the time, it would be a great move for Paul.
On the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020, Paul scored a knockout win over Nate Robinson. Months later, he returned to face Ben Askren, again scoring a stoppage victory. Both Robinson and ‘Funky’ were panned as opponents, but they were massive spotlights for Paul, and that’s all he wanted.
4 Tyron Woodley Rivalry
In the build to his fight with Ben Askren, Jake Paul already found his next foe in the form of Tyron Woodley. ‘The Chosen One’ was a longtime friend of ‘Funky’ and signed to face the YouTuber in August 2021. Furthermore, it was Paul’s first bout on Showtime.
Woodley gave Paul the toughest bout of his career but lost by a controversial split decision that night. However, later that year, ‘The Problem Child’ left no questions, scoring a knockout win over the former UFC fighter that December.
3 Anderson Silva
Having scored wins over non-boxers and MMA fighters not known for striking, Jake Paul needed a step up. In October 2022, he found that in the form of ‘The Spider’. Sure, Anderson Silva was nearly 50 years old, but he did hold a 3-1 boxing record, and a win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In by far the most impressive win of his career, Jake Paul defeated Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. However, the time for celebration wasn’t long.
2 First Career Loss to Tommy Fury
Tommy Fury was originally scheduled to face Jake Paul twice but was forced out due to injury and VISA issues. However, in February, fans finally got to see the two collide in Saudi Arabia. For many, it was finally the night that they got to see Paul be humbled.
In their eight-round ESPN pay-per-view headliner, the younger brother of Tyson Fury boxed circles around Paul. While the YouTuber got a flash knockdown in the eighth round, he was easily outboxed en route to a decision loss.
Despite calls for a rematch with Tommy Fury, Jake Paul instead decided to focus on a bout with Nate Diaz. The popular MMA fighter left the UFC in late 2022 and showed interest in the boxing ring. At nearly 40 years old and with no boxing experience, he was a perfect fit for Paul.
In his return in August, Paul easily scored a unanimous decision win over Diaz. Post-fight, the two shook hands on a potential rematch in MMA. However, as of writing, it hasn’t been booked, and likely never will.