Say what you like about Jake Paul, he’s a man on a mission, and he sure knows how to make money. The YouTuber turned professional boxer and brother of Logan Paul may only be twenty-four years old. Still, he’s already established himself as one of the most controversial yet relevant people alive today. And now he’s weeks away from his most challenging assignment in a boxing ring thus far.
To get to where we are today in terms of Jake Paul and boxing, it’s worth noting that this is a guy who fights five times in total, with one being a white-collar bout against Deji, the younger brother of KSI, who he managed to dispatch in five rounds by stoppage. The Problem Child then entered the pro ranks, stopping fellow Youtuber AnEsonGib, basketballer Nat Robinson and MMA star Ben Askren.
After Paul knocked Askren out inside the first round of their bout in Los Angeles, he was called out by respected former UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. However, Paul, not one to shy away from a challenge, was keen to face Woodley, and when the pair met in the ring in what was a close affair, Paul won by split decision.
In the background, beef was building between the YouTube sensation turned pro-boxer and several others for Paul’s next fight, including Conor McGregor, Canelo Alvarez and Tommy Fury, brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, with a fight between the younger Fury and Paul scheduled for mid-December in Florida. However, this will indeed prove to be Paul’s biggest test in the ring, with Fury currently 7-0 as a professional.
At the time of writing, Fury will enter the ring as the odds on favourite as you would expect, as he’s the one many see as the boxer of the two. However the odds are closer than most give credit to, as established bookmaker Bwin is currently showing 3/1 Fury on points and 4/1 Paul on points. But, after a couple of unconvincing outings by Fury against the likes of Jordan Grant and Anthony Taylor, many may believe Paul could upset the odds after doing so several times already. And if it happens, there is also the suggestion Fury must honour an agreement to change his name to Tommy Fumbles!
In a bid to prevent embarrassment, Fury has called on brother Tyson and his trainer SugarHill Steward to prepare him for the PPV bout, which will be broadcast live on Showtime and fought at a catchweight of 192lbs. On the other hand, Paul will continue with BJ Flores, who many credit for his continued success in the ring.
As fight week continues to fast approach, Paul is already heavily investing in the mind games that have served him well up until this point. He’s claiming that he knows Fury will fade and has predicted stopping the Mancunian. Of course, Fury’s next step would be unknown if this were to happen, as it would certainly have a significantly damaging effect on his fledgling career. And Paul would be like the cat who got the cream, the bragging rights, and the name change.