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Boxing: The making of Jake Paul

A quick search of Jake Paul's Wikipedia page shows the results of an American professional boxer, but that's far from the full story.

(This article was originally published on 05.08.2022)

Roots on Vine

Paul found fame on video hosting service Vine. The 25-year-old began by posting pranks and hip hop music and went on to amass more than 2 billion views on the short-video site.

In 2014, the Ohio star then went onto launch his own YouTube channel, which continued the theme from the Vine days.

With so many social media views and followers it wasn't long before Paul was snapped up by some more mainstream and traditional outlets.

The Disney Channel came calling and Paul was offered a part in their comedy television series Bizaardvark. The American played the role of Dirk Mann, performing dare requests in the first two series of the show, before leaving to concentrate on his YouTube channel and business interests.

Calling the tune

In 2017 Paul launched a music collaborative titled Team 10.

The Ohio star released the song "It's Everyday Bro" in 2017, and while it went onto become the the third most disliked video on YouTube, it also received over 70 millions views in the month after it was posted.

With Team 10, Paul went on to release a whole host of records and his 2018 single "Champion" saw him enter the world of boxing.

The boxing business

In 2018, Paul spotted another money making avenue and he made his first venture into the boxing ring.

Jake Paul, and his brother Logan, took on fellow YouTube stars KSI and his younger sibling Deji Olatunji. At this stage it was nothing more than a white-collar amateur contest, but Paul came out on top and clearly caught the fighting bug.

A year later Paul announced that he would be making his professional boxing debut against AnEsonGib.

The contest was a co-feature, alongside the WBO world middleweight title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Luke Keeler, at the Meridian at Island Gardens, Miami.

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What next for Jake Paul?

Paul's bout may have been on a professional boxing card, but his opponent was better known for playing the football video game FIFA than his bob and weave.

The 25-year-old notched another victory and six months later he announced that he would be taking on former professional basketball player Nate Robinson in the ring.

The Ohio man scored a second-round knockout triumph and slammed the former New York Knicks point guard onto the canvas.

WBC recognition

Paul has gradually stepped up his level of opponents and in 2020 he took on former UFC star Ben Askren. The YouTuber had little trouble getting past Askren, who had a wrestling background that failed to translate to the boxing ring.

A pair of victories over another MMA performer Tyron Woodley followed. The first was a close spoilt-decision triumph for Paul, but the Problem Child scored a sixth-round knockout victory in the rematch.

Those successes set up a clash against UK reality television personality Tommy Fury. The Briton, brother of heavyweight king Tyson Fury, is unbeaten in eight low-key boxing contests. The bout promised to be an entertaining battle and it would have proved a tougher test for both fighters.

However, Fury pulled out of the fight, which was scheduled for July this year, and Hasim Rahman Jr was drafted in as a replacement.

Rahman is an experienced fighter and a genuine professional boxer and Paul could have been given a WBC ranking following his fight with Gold Blooded. However, disagreements over the fighting weight of the boxers led to the bout and the entire card being canceled and we are left awaiting an announcement on Paul's next opponent. .

It's difficult to truly weigh up Paul's boxing ability as he has yet to step in with a credible opponent.

The problem Child is a canny operator and has made sure that weight and size have been in his favour when lacing his gloves. If he wants to make a serious impact on the boxing world then those advantages will have to be negated at some point.

On the other hand, Paul has certainly embraced the training and commitment required to be a successful fighter. The American has former world title challenger BJ Flores in his corner and, consequently, has been well conditioned ahead of his boxing exploits.

Paul can certainly talk the talk and it will be interesting to see if he continues to walk the walk in the future.

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