Three years in the past, Jake Paul, now 24, ranked among the many Internet’s hottest social media influencers. He attracted some 20 million followers to his YouTube channel by posting wild movies that depicted him in outrageous type: say, using a motorbike into his swimming pool or setting a mattress on fireplace for laughs. Along the way in which, he’s accrued an estimated web value of $20 million.
These days, he stands because the influencer more than likely to get his clock cleaned by skilled athletes.
After making it huge on social media, Paul, considerably bafflingly, determined to bulk up, get in form and grow to be an expert boxer. Some individuals suppose it’s only one huge hoax — simply one other stunt to get consideration. But he’s been working his means up by means of the ranks.
Soon after Paul gained his fourth skilled boxing match in a row, beating former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on Aug. 29, UFC contender Jorge Masvidal made clear that he desires to take a shot at knocking round Jake “The Problem Child” Paul. In truth, according to ESPN, he’d like to tackle Jake and his brother Logan (additionally a web based influencer, Logan gloved up for an exhibition match with Floyd Mayweather and comported himself surprisingly properly).
“I’m gonna beat up all the Pauls,” Masvidal introduced throughout “All Out,” the All Elite Wrestling pay-per-view occasion. “If they put money in my pocket … of course I’d like to break some Disney characters’ faces. Fighting guys like [the Pauls] is a bonus, man.”
Masvidal’s bid will hinge, weirdly sufficient, on whether or not or not Woodley will get a tattoo.
While most boxers go away rematches to administration, Paul took issues into his personal palms. He promised Woodley a recent shot, as long as he will get a tattoo that reads “I love Jake Paul.” Woodley has already mentioned he’ll get the tattoo “on my thigh or some shit.”
Why does everybody want to punch Paul (and, possibly, huge brother Logan) within the head, physique and face? “I think Jake is misunderstood,” his coach BJ Flores informed The Post. “He says what is on his mind. He doesn’t care what other people think. He doesn’t always do things that are politically correct and doesn’t always do things that a 4-and-0 fighter normally would” — i.e., act modestly as a result of he’s nonetheless inexperienced on the sport. “But it works for him. Jake has people coming for his scalp – and he relishes it.”
Among those that’ve taken abuse from 6-foot-1 Paul: Conor McGregor (“You’re probably beating up old dudes in a bar,” Paul mentioned on Instagram earlier than trashing the Irish UFC star’s spouse), Canelo Álvarez (“My pay is going up and yours is going down,” Paul taunted the revered boxer on Instagram), UFC president Dana White (“You ugly bald bitch,” he crowed throughout the McGregor tirade) and Floyd Mayweather (throughout a press convention, Paul tried to steal his hat; Mayweather’s response: “I’ll kill you, motherf–ker”).
That mentioned, Paul doesn’t want to cop a fighter’s cap to earn his enmity. “Let’s be honest, the guy sucks,” UFC professional Uriah Hall mentioned throughout a UFC press chat. “He really sucks. He humiliates what I call real athletes.” If supplied the chance to combat him, nevertheless, Hall admitted that he would settle for. “I’d say, ‘I will knock you the f–k out and thank you for the opportunity’ … And I will do it for free.”
The Cleveland-born highschool dropout, who went from social media to Disney to the ring, welcomes controversy and negativity. Paul laughed hysterically when he attended a UFC combat and the group loudly chanted, “F–k Jake Paul! F–k Jake Paul!”
Paul was already a scorching commodity on Vine when he give up highschool in Westlake, Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles. That was again in 2014. He and Logan obtained their begin by taking pictures humorous movies at residence. They used the digicam that their dad gave them as a Christmas current. While in Tinseltown, issues blew up. Young followers of social media dug the brothers’ rebellious antics, which led to Paul being cast on the Disney present “Bizaardvark” in 2016. He performed Dirk Mann, a TV model of himself.
By 2017, although, his worlds collided. KTLA in Los Angeles despatched a information truck to examine reviews that Paul and his crew have been upsetting neighbors in posh Beverly Grove. The information truck pulled up to the $17,000-per-month home that Paul and fellow YouTubers have been renting. Reporters grew to become targets of T-shirts shot from a cannon earlier than Paul and his gang jumped onto the roof of the information truck.
Soon after, he obtained dropped by Disney. When requested concerning the shenanigans, Paul told the Hollywood Reporter, “Yes, we had a furniture fire, but nobody got hurt.”
That comeuppance from Disney didn’t precisely mood Paul’s conduct. He appeared on a video (shot by his videographer) that confirmed him watching protestors looting a shopping mall after a George Floyd protest became an illegal meeting (authorities charged Paul with a misdemeanor, which was later dropped).
Paul characterized COVID-19 as a hoax (he maintained that the quote was taken out of context) and threw a large celebration in his Calabasas mansion because the pandemic surged. Soon after, FBI brokers raided the pad in a hyperlink to the shopping center incident. This previous April, TikTok star Justine Paradise accused him of committing sexual assault towards her in 2019. Paul denied the allegation.
Paul has no illusions as to the destiny that combat followers want for him. “I think most people want to see Jake Paul get knocked out,” Paul proudly told LA-based radio host Big Boy. “A lot of the world wants to see me lose. I love that. I love putting my back against the wall. It drives me during training. I just think about the things people said about me on Twitter and the comments during interviews. It drives me to be the best version of myself and to work even harder.”
Prior to Jan. 30, 2020, and his combat towards British YouTuber Ali Eson Gib (which he gained through technical knockout; it was Gib’s first and solely professional bout), Paul had by no means earlier than stepped into the sanctioned ring. Since then, he stays undefeated — admittedly towards oddball opponents who embrace retired NBA participant Nate Robinson and as soon as middling UFC fighter Ben Askren — and is making an attempt to set up himself as a critical pugilist. Already, he has pay-per-view attraction and a multi-fight contract with Showtime.
While Paul has sped his ascent by moving into the combat recreation with fame behind him — little question contributing to hefty purses: a reported $690,000 for his third combat and $2 million for the newest one — he’s clearly doing what’s required to succeed.
Yet to tackle a critical boxing opponent (MMA requires completely different talent units than boxing does), he has nonetheless managed to beat no less than two fighters with way more expertise.
He appears to make up for the shortage of ring time with sheer drive.
“Jake is very raw and in great shape; he sparred every single fighter I could find him,” mentioned Flores. “There has never been a new guy like Jake who can talk the way he does and back it up. He has a lot of toughness, a lot of tenacity, a lot of physical attributes.”
What motivated Paul to don gloves and trade blows? Amazingly, he informed Big Boy, it was a want for management: “There was a point in my life where I felt like I was fighting for everything I had — and losing. I kept getting beat up by the media.”
He continued: “When I got in the ring, I could actually control the outcome. It gave me something to fight for. The fight game proved that this kid isn’t going anywhere. I let go of the anger and the negativity. It fell off me. I fell in love with the feeling of cracking somebody in the face.”
Whatever the case, he makes it sound like boxing leaves few hours for offensive conduct. “It takes up 110 percent of my time,” Paul told Cleveland.com. “I’ve dedicated myself so much to this sport. I forget what it’s like to talk to people, be social or even go out to a restaurant.”
Despite threatening to cling up his gloves, Paul is something however retired. His fifth combat is anticipated for the latter a part of this year. Flores informed The Post that we should always not count on Paul to match up with a pushover who will want to do something lower than lay him out. Cakewalks will not be his type: “He is a fearless, tough, crazy kid who likes to put himself to the test … He will not take a fight unless the public thinks the other guy can beat him. Jake does not do things the conventional way.”