Everything you need to know about one of boxing's biggest pulls, Jake Paul.
|January 17, 1997
|Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|'The Problem Child'
|8-1 (5 KO’s)
|vs. Ryan Bourland (3/2)
Jake Paul rose to fame on the social media platform Vine before starring in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.
Along with his brother Logan, Jake’s fame continued to rise online, particularly on YouTube.
Paul hit 10,000,000 subscribers in 2017 and his popularity, especially among young people, continued to grow.
Jake Paul decided to make his amateur debut in 2018 when he took on English YouTuber Deji Olautnji, while his brother Logan fought Deji’s brother KSI.
Jake secured the knockout victory in the fifth round to get a first win of his career.
Paul then moved to the professional ranks, making his debut in 2020 against English YouTuber AnEsonGib in Miami, Florida.
The bout was the co-feature on the WBO middleweight world title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Luke Keeler.
Paul showed his superior talent at the Meridian at Island Gardens, defeating his opponent with a first-round knockout.
After showing his superiority over fellow YouTubers, Jake Paul wanted to test himself against fighters with more ring experience.
Next came a bout against retired MMA fighter Ben Askren, which took place in April 2021 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Paul picked up a comfortable first-round win in controversial circumstances, with some fight fans questioning Askren’s efforts.
Nevertheless the bout received 1.45 million pay-per-view buys, showing that the YouTuber can be a big pull.
Paul’s next bout came against another retired MMA fighter, Tyron Woodley.
Following the Askren bout, some of Paul’s team had become involved in an altercation with Woodley and he subsequently called out the young fighter.
They fought at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio in August of that year.
In the most closely contested bout of Paul’s career, he took the victory by split decision with one judge ruling it 77–75 for Woodley, while the other two judges scored it 77–75 and 78–74 in favor of Paul.
After beating Woodley, the Problem Child resisted calls for a rematch and instead opted to fight fellow retired MMA fighter Anderson Silva.
The win was a comfortable success for Paul against the veteran Silva, winning by unanimous decision, two of the judge’s scorecards were 78–73 and the other was 77–74, all in favor of Paul.
Following that win, Paul turned his attention to a bout with English professional boxer and reality television personality Tommy Fury, brother of heavyweight champion Tyson.
After a protracted build up that saw both sides accuse each other of attempting to back out of the fight, Jake Paul’s fight with Tommy Fury was eventually arranged for February 26 of this year in Saudi Arabia.
The bout would be Paul’s biggest test yet and he came up just short, with Fury winning by split decision.
Despite Paul knocking down Fury in the eighth round, the Manchester fighter was deemed to have dominated the bout.
One of the judges scored it 75–74 to Paul, while the other two judges had it chalked up as 76–73 to Fury.
After his first defeat, Paul bounced back with a comfortable win over former MMA fighter Nate Diaz, with the judge’s scorecards reading 98–91, 98–91 and 97–92 all in favor of Paul.
On December 15, 2023, Paul added another knockout to his record with a first-round victory over Andre August in Orlando, Florida. Paul stated in the lead up to the fight that, unlike his previous fights, he was more interested in getting pro boxing experience than drawing eyes and money to the fight.
Paul partnered with USA Boxing ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, as announced on December 19.
According to ESPN, Paul will join the USA Olympic boxing team during their training in Colorado in the lead up to the summer games, but not as a fighter.
Instead, Paul will document the team’s training camp on social media, with the intention of building awareness and excitement for the Olympics. Paul will also advise athletes on how to grow their own brands.
Jake Paul's net worth is estimated to be around $80 million.
Jake Paul vs. Ryan Bourland will be broadcast live on DAZN on the undercard for Amanda Serrano vs. Nina Meinke. The fight will be available for all DAZN subscribers worldwide, including in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Shane Mosley is Jake Paul’s coach, and he is a former three-weight world champion himself.
Jake Paul will face off against 35-year-old boxer Ryan Bourland on March 2, 2024, on the undercard for Amanda Serrano vs. Nina Meinke. The fight will take place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Bourland has a 17-2 boxing record with six knockouts, his most recent fight coming in September 2022 against Santario Martin, which he won by TKO. The California native has not lost a fight since February 2018, although he has fought just once since October 2018.
Bourland is a former Golden Gloves champion and National Junior Olympics boxer.