In the age of social media, the impossible has become achievable. Nowadays, any person blessed with an internet connection can create his own fanbase through a digital platform, earning himself hefty amounts of cash. All he has to do is produce entertaining content which enables him to capture the attention of the worldwide audience.
In this sense, Jake Paul is the poster child of this interesting phenomenon. How else can we explain the meteoric rise of a young YouTuber who found himself sharing a boxing ring with legendary athletes like Anderson Silva?
But the most astonishing element about the ‘Problem Child’ is the fact that he managed to put together a winning streak, suggesting that behind the controversial overzealous antics lies a potentially legitimate boxer.
So what do we know about Jake Paul’s fighting background? When was his first boxing bout? and is he any good?
Let’s dig in.
Jake Paul Fighting Background
Reminiscently to thousands of young Americans, Jake Paul was an amateur wrestler in his teens. The social media star is a self-proclaimed Division 1 state wrestler in Ohio.
However, a section of observers doubt this claim, stating that the archives do not back it up. Moreover, some emerging videos from his high school days suggest that he wasn’t exactly a high-caliber wrestler at the time. On the contrary, the achievements of Jake’s older brother Logan Paul in Ohio state wrestling are well-documented, and hence unquestionable.
When Did Jake Paul Start Boxing Training?
Jake Paul started his boxing training in preparation for his first amateur boxing bout which took place on the 25th of August 2018 against Deji Olatunji. He went on to win the fight via TKO in the fifth round.
Paul explained how his maiden victory opened revived the competitive athlete within him. Since then, he has been training five days a week on a regular basis, and went on to earn more prestigious victories.
When Was Jake Paul’s First Boxing Match?
Jake Paul’s first boxing match was an amateur bout against Deji Olatunji which took place in Manchester on August 25, 2018. He won the fight via TKO in round 5, earning him the WBC YouTube Championship Title in the process – as if boxing didn’t have enough belts already.
As for his first professional match, it was a first round TKO victory at the expense of AnEsonGib on the 30th of January 2020.
Is Jake Paul a Good Boxer?
Jake Paul’s prowess as a boxer has been a topic of great debate amongst fans and pundits alike, but many experts recognized his credentials. For instance, the legendary Mike Tyson once described him as “a real good striker”, while fellow boxing icon Oscar de la Hoya called him the ‘real deal’.
As for Paul’s detractors, they refer to the fact that the content creator has been collecting wins against opponents who have no business being inside the squared circle in the first place, like former MMA fighters Anderson Silva and Ben Askren, retired NBA player Nate Robinson or Paul’s fellow social media celebrities.
So perhaps Paul’s upcoming fights shed some more light on the situation, providing a more accurate answer to this dilemma.
Is Jake Paul a Pro Boxer?
Yes, Jake Paul is technically a pro boxer. He’s been taking part in sanctioned bouts since making his professional debut in January 2020.
Although he made a name for himself fighting opponents with little to none experience in boxing, ‘The Problem Child’ has took part in a string of licensed bouts, which should be enough to mark him as a pro boxer.